CUNY student filmmakers honor Louis Reyes Rivera (1945–2012), member of 1969 City College takeover

Graduate Film students at Hunter College Iva Rad and Martyna Starosta have released “Are You With Me?”—a video honoring Louis Reyes Rivera (1945-2012). Rivera was a member of the 1969 occupation of City College, which was led by students of color and won open admissions. Rivera spoke to Students United for a Free CUNY at the AME Church in Harlem on October 27, 2011 before his death on March 3, 2012.

Read more about Louis Reyes Rivera in the Graduate Center Advocate

This short documentary is dedicated to him and the fire that he sparked. His powerful words are inter cut with speeches by students from different universities at Union Square as part of the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action on November 17, 2011.

“At a stature of less than 5 feet, Rivera literally embodied with his loud, steady, luminous flow of prose-poetry that we, history’s little folks, could galvanize and transform any space we occupied.” —Conor Tomás Reed

“Louis Reyes Rivera, known as “the janitor of history,” is the type of person who we often allow to fall through the cracks of recorded “official” history, but whose memory is passed on through the African oral tradition.” —Hank Wiliams

“Documentation is a behavior I learned from him. Archive is a survival instinct he tried to teach us all.” —Rich Villar

This film is a follow-up to “The Time for Action is Now (Occupy CUNY).”