The War at Home

Directed by Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown.
US, 1979, DCP, color, 100 min.

This Academy Award-nominated documentary captures the momentum and spirit of the student protest movement against the American war in Vietnam on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus from 1963 to 1970. Compiled almost entirely from a massive unprocessed trove of local news footage preserved by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the filmmakers combed through thousands of feet of 16mm film to reconstruct the story of how the anti-war movement affected the Midwest college town, with protests culminating with the 1967 Dow Chemical sit-in and the bombing of the Army Math Research Center on campus in 1970. The film serves as a timely reminder of the power of the people to affect change.

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