After the sad passing of the legendary American horror auteur George A. Romero, the Manifesto Film Festival will host a special screening of Night of the Living Dead at our main event next year.
The screening will give cult horror fans in Amsterdam the opportunity to celebrate the Godfather of the modern zombie film, along with the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion afterwards.
The film, which will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary since release, also perfectly binds together our two major themes for Manifesto 2018: the Divided States of America, and Remembering May ’68.
Filmed on a tiny budget at a time of global civil unrest, George A. Romero’s Dead series debut drew together themes of race and the Other in an America where white-supremacy was rife. The movie was completed a matter of days before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, whose death Romero heard of over a car radio while driving the final cut of the film to New York for distribution.
The film’s shocking ending struck a chord with a nation still reeling from King’s death, while the other most notorious film in the scene plays on the fears of conservative American parents regarding the ‘monsters’ their children had supposedly become.
The film also draws clear parallels with Trump’s America, in a modern society where #BlackLivesMatter remains a tragically necessary campaign, and where an increasingly dogmatic generation of Baby Boomers seem willing to stop at nothing to save themselves from the perceived threat of their rebellious children and grandchildren.