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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Youth and society: what do we want, what can we do?


Regular meeting of Youth discussion club took place in educational hall "Sputnik" ("Satellite") in 20 of August 2007. The meeting was organized by Youth Human Rights Group – Povolzh'e and Lit Club of N. Novgorod.

The screening of the film "Zabriskie point" (1969, M. Antonioni) became reason for discussion. This film is an illustration of that time that a portrait of American youth generation of ending 60-th and there is the flash of student activity took place. American students striked for freedom and rights, but not only for his own. Bright example of its in movie is meeting of group for protection of human rights for Black and more than half of gathered there were white.   On
the one hand heroes were lonely and didn't know what they want; on the other hand they were reckless, resolute and ready for activity.

Participants of discussion tried to find answers for questions: what was that generation wants? For what did they struggle? There were some variously opinions: on the one part participants understood that at the fist time to struggle we need to make decision about aims, on the other
part developments of 1968 in France indicated the way of struggle "against" and without knowing constructional alternative (remember the slogans of May 1968: beach is under cobblestone road!, Imagine: there is a war, but nobody goes there!), but they made a results of
protection rights.

We discussed themes of protest movements, ecology and building of nuclear power plant, youth activity in aim to understand what do we want, what can we change and what can we do?

For the first time educational and working spaces were transected. Participants started to think about activity for protection of society interests, solving society problems and effect of it. And what can we say? We are literary, activists, students and actors.

After discussion the question methods aroused: what is necessary to discuss after viewing: society problems and solving of it or story line   and author idea?  It seems to develop several spaces.

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