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The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:00pm – Stark Hall Auditorium
Winona State University

The event is free and open to the public. Join the Facebook event page.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon will be shown on Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm in the Stark Hall Auditorium on the Winona State University campus.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a documentary film about Lennon’s art and activism. The film recounts Lennon’s post-Beatles career and the way he used his star power to draw attention to political issues. As a result, Lennon was identified as an enemy of the Nixon administration and was targeted for deportation.

The movie utilizes Lennon’s music and archival footage as well as information from declassified FBI files and commentary from figures such as Yoko Ono, Ron Kovic, Walter Cronkite, Angela Davis, G. Gordon Liddy, and Gore Vidal.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon tells a compelling story from recent history that is remarkably relevant for our own time. As shown in the film, John Lennon and Yoko Ono channeled their fame toward social issues, which speaks to the overlap of politics and show business. Lennon and Ono’s sometimes absurd stunts lampooned the couple’s unusual circumstances but also resulted in the pundit class refusing to take them seriously even as Lennon and Ono’s activism landed them on the political establishment’s enemies list. Especially relevant for today’s audience is the film’s examination of domestic surveillance, concerns over domestic terrorism, and the use of immigration law to punish a political adversary. And, of course, John Lennon’s music still resonates with contemporary audiences.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon runs 99 minutes and is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

This event is sponsored by the Winona State University Art Department, English Department, Mass Communication Department, Sociology Department, the Darrell W. Krueger Library, and Sounds of Cinema.

Below are links to essays, reviews, and videos about The U.S. vs. John Lennon: