4-5 JUNE

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Woodstock didn’t just mark an era for its extraordinary soundtrack.
For the iconic power of its artists and for the sensational and unpredictably large crowd attracted to the plains of Bethel for the event, Woodstock became a unique opportunity to tell the story of an entire generation: a generation that in those three days of peace, love and music turned that place into a one-of-a-kind utopia.

Woodstock accounted for the first great opportunity to tell the story of rock music and of its people using the language of cinema: a storytelling made of images and sounds that inspired a new way of bringing music on the big screen thus becoming the starting point of a full-fledged new genre of filmmaking, the rockumentary.

Medimex 2019 Film Festival celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the event that made the history of rock and, at the same time, on a virtual “split screen” tells the story of the next two editions through footages of the great directors who made that name and that place eternal and still essential benchmarks these days .

Corrado Minervini, writer and music critic, retraces the story of the most important festival in the history of rock through the images of great directors and the words of the protagonists of the three editions.


Woodstock – Three days of peace, love and music
(Michael Wadleigh, 1970)

Woodstock – Three days of peace, love and music


The film directed by Michael Wadleigh, with assistant directors Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, is considered the archetype of the rockumentary. Awarded an Oscar for Best Documentary and nominated for Best Sound, the film was screened out of competition at the 23rd Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which uses the split screen technique, is the story, not necessarily in a strictly chronological order, of the festival. Stage and backstage footage alternate with footage shot by the audience and interviews to organizers and artists, in a perfect example of audiovisual reportage with a rock soundtrack.

The film “relives” the atmosphere of the event through the faces, the voices and the sounds of memorable performances, from the opening by Richie Havens to the devastating finale by Hendrix, from the scream of Joe Cocker to the secular prayer of Joan Baez.

In 1996, Woodstock was selected as footage to be kept in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for its cultural, historical and aesthetic value.

The documentary version proposed at Medimex is the latest Director’s Cut: a revised edition approved by the director with skilfully reconstruded images and digitally remastered sounds and 40 minutes of unpublished footage added by director Michael Wadleigh.


My Generation – Woodstock 1969, 1994, 1999
(Barbara Kople, 2000)

My Generation – Woodstock 1969, 1994, 1999

In Woodstock, in 1969, a rock concert took place which in terms of number of participants, social impact and quality of music performances has become THE festival by definition.The attempt to rekindle the sacred fire of rock (and to draw lifeblood from the new generations for a new business) gave birth to two new editions of the concert, in 1994 – the year marked by the death of Kurt Cobain, the greatest icon of his generation – and in 1999, on the eve of the new millennium and of a revolution that, from then on, was to see digital music formats prevail over traditional media.

Sometimes funny testimonies and sometimes provocative testimonies follow one another on themes such as Peace, Love and Merchandising, dwelling on less romantic, albeit fundamental, aspects to understand the functioning of such a complex and sensitive organizational machinery.

The film, inspired by the title of the legendary Who song brought to the stage in the first edition, retraces thirty years of history through the diverse experiences of generations of young people, but also through the memories of ‘the ones ‘ of ’69 and the reflections, between disenchantment and idealism, of those who went through the era of Woodstock and came out alive by miracle.

My Generation tells the story of a transformation that involved artists, sound and the audience in a chronicle of the end of the great illusion with the harsh images of the performances and of the reaction of the audience during the 1999 edition. A reaction that degenerated into fires, looting and violence, accompanied, -not by chance-, by the music and words of bands such as Limp Bizkit and Rage Against The Machine.

Woodstock – Three days that defined a generation
(Barak Goodman, 2019)

Woodstock – Three days that defined a generation

21:00-23:00 – Italian premiere

During one of the most turbulent periods of modern history, millions of people, mostly young and Western, were looking for answers, and they found some of those answers in the politically aware songs they were listening to. Rock was a kind of “escape” from the issues of repressive policies, breach of civil rights, sexual liberation and the Vietnam War, but also an instrument of aggregation and for sharing values and passions.

In the summer of 1969, about 400,000 people gathered on a farm property at Bethel in New York State for three days of peace and music.

Presented at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28 and now showing in the United States, this documentary film, unpublished in Europe, is the latest film on Woodstock. The award-winning American documentary filmmaker (“Scottsboro: an american tragedy”, “American experience”) recounts the great illusion of a generation raised with the values of peace and love through unpublished footage, which has remained in Warner Bros. archives for fifty years

Barak Goodman’s electro revisitation of the three-day music festival captures the spirit of the time. Faithfully structured thanks to the audiotapes recorded by concertgoers, the film not only focuses on the organizational aspect of the festival, but captures the feelings of the witnesses of that unique historical moment. The incredible performances highlighted in the film, from Jimi Hendrix to Joan Baez to Crosby, Stills and Nash, are but a backdrop to what essentially is the story of that audience.

The film takes viewers back to a place enclosed in a sort of time bubble to make them perceive the special feelings of love evoked by that unique music sharing experience.

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