Scrivener’s Monthly: Leo Goldsmith and Rachael Rakes Presenting Peter Wakins’s “The Journey”

Jun 9 — 11, 2017

Screening, Workshop


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


7:00 p.m. (Jun 9) / 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. (Jun 10 & 11)


Peter Watkins’s 1987 film The Journey is a documentary charting the geopolitical landscape surrounding the nuclear arms race. With a runtime of fourteen-and-a-half hours, the film is monumental in its reach. Filmed over several years in fifteen different countries, The Journey was a resource tool linking political activists around the globe in their work towards understanding, organizing, and resisting nuclear proliferation.

For Scrivener’s Monthly, the film was screened in its entirety over the course of three days. Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith, editors of the film section of The Brooklyn Rail and authors of a forthcoming book on Watkins, introduced the film and led discussions throughout the multi-day screening. Broken into nineteen chapters, the structure of The Journey allowed viewers to come and go, or stay for the film’s entirety. 


June 9, 2017

Chapters 1–3 and discussion, 7:00 p.m.

June 10, 2017

Chapters 4–6 and discussion, 1:00 p.m.
Chapters 7–9 and discussion, 4:00 p.m.
Chapters 10–11, 7:00 p.m.

June 11, 2017

Chapters 12–14 and discussion, 1:00 p.m. 
Chapters 15–17 and discussion, 4:00 p.m.
Chapters 18–19: 7:00 p.m.


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