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Robert Kramer

Robert Kramer (New York City, 1930 – 1999) was heavily involved in political activism as a college student, having worked first as a community organizer in Newark, and then as a reporter in Latin America. He helped to found Newsreel, an underground media collective which produced several films about radical political subjects and the anti-war movement. It was during this time that Kramer developed his highly distinctive cinematic style, a blending of fiction and documentary filmmaking. Following the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal, Robert Kramer forged a deep political and cinematic bond with the country, which he expressed in Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal (1977), which analyzes the country’s revolution. In the early 1980’s, Kramer relocated to France, until his death in 1999.