The War at Home

USA 1979. Dirs: Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown. 97 min. DCP

“One of the best documentaries ever made.”
MICHAEL MOORE

“One of the great works of American documentary moviemaking.”
KENT JONES, NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

NEW RESTORATION! Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown’s urgent, electric, Oscar-nominated record of civil unrest in America chronicles the fervent antiwar movement in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s and ‘70s. Centred largely on the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the documentary tracks ten years of escalating student and faculty activism against America’s military engagement in Vietnam, and the use of excessive force by local authorities to quell it. (The violent beatdown by police on demonstrators who had seized a university building in protest of Dow Chemical, maker of napalm, is particularly shocking.) Recounting the earliest resistance efforts in 1963 to the bombing of the Army Math Research Center in 1970 — resulting in the tragic death of a postdoctoral student — The War at Home combines on-the-ground footage and on-camera interviews with activists, law enforcement, city leaders, and Vietnam vets to fashion a powerful portrait of organized political dissidence. Its restoration and re-release couldn’t be timelier.


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"Invaluable .... As a chronicle of consciousness-raising resistance methods, The War at Home is illuminating."

LA Times | full review