Leonard M. Henny

Black Power-We're Goin Survive America (1968) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Produced by Leonard M. Henny in cooperation with the Black Panther Party and American Documentary Films. Camera by Steven Lighthill and Leonard Henny. Editing by Kees Hin. Speech by Stokely Carmichael. Dancing by Uzozi Aroho Dancers and Company, Birth of Soul Dancers. Portrait of the struggle for black liberation, the African heritage of American blacks, the need to form a Black United Front in order to survive the threats of white racism in America and in the world today. The speech by Stokely Carmichael was given at the occasion of the merger between the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, February 1968. The merger took place on the birthday of Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party, who was jailed for allegedly having killed a policeman. The speech ends with the famous: "Huey Newton will be set free, or else ...."

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Leonard M. Henny

But What Do We Do? () 16mm, color, 18 min

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Many scientists and engineers who work on military R & D projects became concerned about the contributions of their work to the United States' role in the Vietnam war and the military and industrial organizations that create the capability to wage such a war. BUT WHAT DO WE DO? is the true story of how one engineer became aware of the consequences of his work and grappled with and resolved the growing contradiction between his personal convictions and his work. The role of the engineer is played by the engineer who actually went through the experience described. The film shows how various events affected the engineer's thinking: the news of the war in Vietnam, an introduction to the concept of non-violence by Joan Baez, student demonstrations against military contractors and "peace games" of non-violent civil defense. BUT WHAT DO WE DO? challenges students, engineers and scientists to face up to the moral and political choices they must make when seeking employment, and confronts already-employed engineers and scientists with the necessity of taking responsibility for the consequences of their work.

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Leonard M. Henny

Dead Earth () 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism

"An ecology film which links together the issues of the survival of our environment with the issues of corporate irresponsability and the devastating effects of the war, both in S. E. Asia and at home. In Vietnam we are destroying the countryside with our defoliation program. At home we dump wastes from the production of herbicides into the communities of blacks and the poor who live in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the chemical companies that produce 2-4-5 T and 2-4 D components." --noted ecologist Barry Commoner

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Leonard M. Henny

Peace Pickets Arrested For Disturbing The Peace () 16mm, color, 6.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A film by Leonard Henny. Singing, clapping, speak-out: Joan Baez; Songtext: Bob Dylan; Reporting: Colin Edwards; Editing: Kees Hin. This documentary depicts the preparations for and the development of the October 1967 non-violent, anti-draft demonstration at the Oakland Induction Center that led to the arrest of Joan Baez and 20 pacifists.

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Leonard M. Henny

Resistance, The () 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Produced by Leonard Henny in cooperation with the Peace and Liberation Commune and the Committee for Draft Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Camera by Leonard Henny. Editing by Kees Hin. Speak-out by David Harris and members of The Resistance. Complicity statements by friends of The Resistance. Songs by the band of the Peace and Liberation Commune, Palo Alto. Rock music by The Charletans. Theatre by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. This film was produced to be shown on the summer project of The Resistance, 1968. A truck with a projection screen and sound installation traveled across the US to spread the word about The Resistance and to show the people in the country the alternatives before them. Over and above their non-cooperation with the draft, members of The Resistance searched for a new form of society, a new attitude towards fellow people in the world and a new approach to what is worth doing with our lives.

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Leonard M. Henny

Schizophrenia of Working For War, The () 16mm, color, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

This film portrays the dilemma of engineers who, although opposed to the war in Vietnam, were weapon-makers, employed at some of the most prestigious California institutions, specializing in war-materials production. The film presents their stories. The men play themselves. The analysis distinguishes three types of response to the dilemma: the rationalizer, the drop-out and the organizer. The rationalizer: "we don't make killing weapons; we make protective devices for the planes, to confuse the enemy radar. We don't kill people so to speak, our instruments are designed to save the lives of pilots ...." The drop-out actually decides to quit his job .... The third person, the organizer, opposes the war openly .... He is subsequently fired, but later becomes one of the prime organizers of the Technology and Society Committee (TASC), a California non-profit organization which helped defense engineers to shift to peace-oriented employment. This film is not just about weaponmakers. It is about the dilemma of anyone who finds himself opposed to the system he lives in and works for.

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Leonard M. Henny

Vietnam Veteran () 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Co-maker: Kees Hin. Though the Vietnam war has come to an end, we are still faced with the conditions that made the war possible. A black veteran returns to the United States, to find that the 'freedom' which he defended overseas does not apply for him at home. After a three-year search for steady employment, the veteran is pushed to taking the law in his own hands. When he attempts to steal car, the police are immediately at the scene, and the former was hero is killed instantly in the streets of America. --L. M. H.

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Leonard M. Henny

Dead End Street? (1970) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Lonnie Ward, an ex-convict and Black Panther, experiences college life in America. He helps found a Black Student Union, which creates a political storm on campus. Later he goes back to the black community to help bring black consciousness to his friends who didn't go to college.

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Leonard M. Henny

Why Worry? (1972) 16mm, black and white, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

If we stop technology today, our society will collapse tomorrow. If we continue present technology, our earth will become uninhabitable. --L. M. H.

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Leonard M. Henny

Getting It Together (1973) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Co-maker: Jan Boon. This is a film on Larry Eigner, poet. Larry was born in Swampscott, Mass. Due to ill birth he cannot walk and can hardly speak or write. Yet, in spite of handicap, his poetry continues to flow and is widely published and read in both America and in Europe. Larry Eigner can communicate with the world only by dictating his poems to his mother and to his brother, Joe-who are the only ones who can understand him. In recent years he has begun to learn a technique of one-finger typing. --L. M. H.

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