Synopsis: ReGENERATION explores the inherent cynicism found in many of today's youth and young adults, and the influences that perpetuate our culture's apathetic approach to social and political causes. The film features three intersecting stories of students, parents, and artists all looking for their place in society. Together they capture the thoughts and feelings of today's struggling generation as some of the worlds leading scholars, activists, and media personalities provide their insight into the ideas and movements that can inspire change.
Director(s): Phillip Montgomery
Production: Engine 7 Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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81 min


We will have to repent

in this generation

not merely for the vitriolic words

and actions of the bad people,

but for the appalling silence

of the good people.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The vast and complicated issues

facing today's generation

can leave many with the uncertainty

and fear that nothing can be done.

Yet by exploring how the influence

of our media,

education and parenting have shaped us,

we can begin to understand

what we must change.

Both as a generation and as a culture.

There's a lot of talk about

the great generation

of the World War II Generation,

and all generations that came after

are supposed to be in some way

lesser than that.

They do not have the world historic role

that the great generation had.

Then there's the sixties generation,

which in some way had had a purpose,

had a world historical role of a kind.

And then Generation X and

Generation Y and so on

are seen mainly in marketing terms:

as generations with no purpose,

no world or historical role.

We interrupt our regularly

scheduled program

to bring you the following

special report.

Good evening. I accepted...

There was a moment in the 1970s

when a not very successful president,

nonetheless, tried very hard to say:

"Hold up. We may be heading down

the wrong path."

In a nation that was proud of hard work,

strong families, close-knit communities

and our faith in God,

too many of us now tend to worship

self-indulgence and consumption.

Human identity is no longer defined

by what one does

but by what one owns.

We may be embracing a

false definition of freedom

and Carter's effort to bring us back

to a truer definition of freedom

was one which required us,

in the near term, to sacrifice.

The vast majority of the American people

didn't want to hear anything like that

and, in short order,

came to see Ronald Reagan as offering

a much preferable message.

And Reagan's message was

that it's morning in America,

you can always have more

and that the American way of life

is not up for negotiation.

They tell us that the future will be one

of sacrifice and few opportunities.

My fellow citizens,

I utterly reject that view.

Of course the problem is,

if we want to preserve

the American way of life,

or at least if we want to preserve those

aspects of the American way of life

that are worth preserving,

then we are going to have to change.

Human nature

usually leads us to not change things

until we are forced to change things.

Then that's the paradigm

that has to be broken.

With a series of other

problems in the world

and an economy that leaves people

feeling enormously uneasy.

You just become numb.

I wish we had more of a solution though.

Protesters vowed to keep up

their demonstrations

despite this state of emergency.

Why is the level of depression so high?

Why are levels of anxiety so high?

Is this really where you want to be?

A woman in Long Island, New York,

was trampled to death

by a stampede of shoppers.

I don't buy into this idea

that we are ok.

I don't think we are ok,

but I think that many of us

are just putting on a show.

So I'm afraid to say we need this change,

and I know we need something

but I'm not sure what.

So, if we lose our principles,

we get lost,

we need to reform and revitalize

and incorporate that back into society.

I think it's a spirit too that

we are not damned.

In order for a revolution to happen,

it has to change on every level.

We need to change the way we live

in some respects

in order to preserve

that which we value most.

It's a time to regenerate,

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