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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The War at Home

1979, Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown, USA, 99 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 30th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Dec 1st 5:15pm
  • Mon, Dec 3rd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 4th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 6th 8:00pm
New 4K restoration! Glenn Silber and other special guests in person!

"An extraordinary documentary about the last time we had to overcome." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"There's footage here not to be seen in HEARTS AND MINDS, and its emotional impact and immediacy is often far greater than COMING HOME, THE DEER HUNTER and APOCALYPSE NOW." - Ronald Holloway, Variety

The title reminds us of the all-important second front of the Vietnam War: the protest movement that erupted on campuses across the country. Nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar and now rejuvenated through a crowd-funded 4K digital restoration, THE WAR AT HOME focuses on one of the most embattled of those second-front hot spots: the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Working in the analytic post-verité tradition of their mentor Emile de Antonio, directors Silber and Brown (longtime editor of Spike Lee's films) blend interviews and archival footage to provide a vivid overview of the ten-year period 1963-1973, as we see Madison evolve from a self-styled "All-American City" to a virtual war zone. Among those heard from are student activist leader Paul Soglin, who later became mayor of Madison; Senator Edward Kennedy, whose confrontation by student hecklers is one of the highlights of the film; Quaker peace activist Betty Boardman, who helped bring medical supplies to North Vietnam; and convicted US Army Math Research Center bomber Karl Armstrong, whose father has the film's final words: "They were telling us the truth. And we weren't listening." New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Friday 11/30: Co-director Glenn Silber is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by filmmaker Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND and THE TRIALS OF MOHAMMED ALI).
Saturday 12/01: Co-director Glenn Silber is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Heather Booth, Organizer and Founder of the Midwest Academy organizer training center.

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