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American Experience
Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In 1974, a militant, fringe, political group kidnapped teenage newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley apartment. In the months that followed, Hearst, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) and their paramilitary audio messages dominated the headlines globally, creating, perhaps, the first ever media frenzy. Using a treasure trove of archival footage and audio material, this film follows the bizarre saga from the establishment of the SLA, through the kidnapping, Hearst's conversion to her captors' cause, and the bank robberies and shootouts that followed. The first-ever interviews with two surviving members of the SLA provide insight into the politically-charged times and the reasons why the group embraced revolutionary rhetoric and a terrorist agenda. The film explores questions about the role of the media and the ethics of broadcast journalism.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst,” 04/15/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5D6FC785A75341A3A193C806E37BE12F.
MLA: “American Experience; Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst.” 04/15/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5D6FC785A75341A3A193C806E37BE12F>.
APA: American Experience; Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5D6FC785A75341A3A193C806E37BE12F
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