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1970. A group of activists, the Young Lords, take over a decrepit hospital in the South Bronx launching a battle for their lives, their community, and healthcare for all.


Takeover explores the twelve historic hours on July 14, 1970, in which fifty members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, drove out their administrative staff, barricaded entrances and windows, and made their cries for decent healthcare known to the world. They raised the Puerto Rican flag atop the building, as well as a banner reading “The People’s Hospital” – a nom de guerre still used today. Through archival footage, seamless reenactments, and modern-day interviews, we follow the Young Lords’ resistance against institutions curated by wealth and white supremacy, and their fight for the most basic of human rights: the right to accessible, quality healthcare.


Emma Francis-Snyder

Tony Gerber 

Executive Producers:
Lynn Nottage
Luis A. Miranda, Jr. 

Consulting Producer:
Miguel Melendez

Consulting Producer:
Iris Morales

Francisco Bello ACE
Sebastián Diaz

Written By:
Francisco Bello 
Emma Francis-Snyder

Lead Actor(s):
Juan Gonzalez
Iris Morales
Felipe Luciano
Denise Oliver-Velez
Miguel “Mickey” Melendez 
Carlos “Carlito” Rovira
Cleo Silvers
Sid Davidoff
Jeff Kamen
Dr. Martin “Marty” Stein

Associate Producers:
Allegra Earle
Laura Colleluori

Original Music:
Paul Brill

Associate Editor:
David Moragas 

Assistant Editor:
Maia Liebeskind 

Archival Producer:
Emma Francis-Snyder

Archival Researchers:
Rachel Antell
Jenifer Petrucelli
Rosemary Rotondi
Wyatt Stone

Line Producer:
Blake Ashman-Kipervaser

Interview Cinematographers:
Nicole Velez
Tine DiLucia
Karli Kopp
Peter Pavlakis