In his feature directorial debut, author and visual artist Antonino D’Ambrosio spins a lively social history that chronicles how a generation of artists, thinkers and activists channeled their creativity into an organized response and resistance to the reactionary politics that increasingly defined American culture in the 1980s. This idea of art as political statement came to be known as ‘creative response’ and, through insightful and energetic interviews with more than 50 influential creative voices, D’Ambrosio traces the movement from its earliest inklings in the Reagan-Thatcher era through three decades of social and political change.
Let Fury Have the Hour brings some of today’s foremost artistic voices and intellectual minds from music, poetry, theater, science and politics to recount the history of critical response and consider how art has shaped and spoken to the most pressing social issues impacting the world. The documentary tackles themes which include: the role an engaged individual plays in society, the importance of art in strengthening social movements and how music has been used as a tool of protest from the Civil Rights Movement to the Arab Spring. The film examines the ability of music to act as a political tool across languages and physical barriers.