The Camden 28

Truth To Power
Director: Antonio Giacchino | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2007 | Length: 83 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF08

How far would you go to stop a war?

The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft board office by “Catholic Left” activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others.

The Camden 28 reveals the story behind the arrests — a provocative tale of government intrigue and personal betrayal — and the ensuing legal battle, which Supreme Court Justice William Brennan called “one of the great trials of the 20th century.” Thirty-five years later, the participants take stock of the motives, fears, and costs of their activism — and its relevance to America today.

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