Directed by Emma Francis-Snyder
To the NYPD, the Young Lords were a street gang.
To the FBI, they were a national threat.
To their community, they were the last hope.
Takeover! is an archive driven film that explores the twelve historic hours on July 14, 1970, in which fifty members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. Using seamless super 8mm recreations the audience will see how the Young Lords, with help from doctors, residents, and healthcare workers, drove out their administrative staff, barricaded entrances and windows, and made their cries for decent healthcare known to the world. They raised the Puerto Rican flag atop the building, as well as a banner reading “The People’s Hospital” - a nom de guerre still used today.
Takeover! endeavors to capture the imagination of a new generation of activists, and suggest actions that ordinary citizens can take to change the conversation -- and the country. It is more vital than ever before that the bravery and behavior of the Young Lords be shown, celebrated, and built upon today.