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Definitely not recommended for anyone who regrets or resents the ’60s, Rebels With a Cause is the story of Students for a Democratic Society, as told by such ex-SDSers as Tom Hayden, Bernadine Dohrn, Todd Gitlin, Bill Ayers, Cathy Wilkerson, and many othersincluding filmmaker Helen Garvy. This stirring, eloquent oral history budgets no time for outside observers, let alone critics, although there is some self-criticismas is only reasonable from activists whose organization was founded in 1962 to support the civil rights movement and ended eight years later when a few breakaway members managed to blow themselves up. The final roll call of these ’60s veterans’ current vocationsactivists, teachers, and organizers, most of themsupports the film’s implicit claim that they were simply earnest kids who took their civics textbooks more seriously than their teachers ever expected. And the account of a legal draft-card-burning strategy is hilarious. The film screens at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (MJ)