Seeing Red

  • a man wearing a baseball cap
  • two people talking with a sound technician


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Mar 15, 2023 3:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Julia Reichert
Jim Klein


Nominee - Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards, 1984

A film about passionate commitment, numbing disillusionment and renewal, Seeing Red is an informed look at the hopes and aspirations of more than a million people who joined the American Communist Party between the Great Depression and the Cold War, and were transformed by their experience.

Fighting for the causes of unionization, unemployment and Social Security benefits, and the eight-hour day, they committed themselves to what they believed was the right way for America. Not just a rosy remembrance, Seeing Red looks critically at the party’s connection with the Soviet Union and its lack of internal democracy.

One of the most widely seen theatrical documentaries of the decade, Seeing Red premiered at the Telluride and New York Film Festivals and played in nearly 100 cities. It has been broadcast in over a dozen other countries around the world.


Join co-director Jim Klein for a post-screening Q&A, moderated by co-founder of Lost Time Media/documentarian Marc Serpa Francoeur (No Visible Trauma, Love in the Time of Fentanyl).

Tickets: FREE

In December 2022, we lost a giant of documentary cinema. Join us for two of Julia Reichert’s most influential films: Seeing Red and American Factory.

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