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Camden 28
     

The Camden 28

Director: Anthony Giacchino

Cast: Anthony Giacchino

 
Filmmaker Anthony Giacchino explores the remarkable story of 28 anti-war activists who protested the Vietnam War by conspiring to break into a draft-board office in Camden, NJ, and destroy government draft records identifying young men available for military service. On Sunday, August 22, 1971, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

Overview

Filmmaker Anthony Giacchino explores the remarkable story of 28 anti-war activists who protested the Vietnam War by conspiring to break into a draft-board office in Camden, NJ, and destroy government draft records identifying young men available for military service. On Sunday, August 22, 1971, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General John Mitchell announced that 20 anti-war activists had been arrested in and around a Camden draft-board office. Just five days later, the indictment of those 20 individuals -- as well as eight more who were accused of being involved in the incident -- was made public by Mitchell. Charged with conspiracy to remove and destroy files from the draft board, FBI office, and Army Intelligence office, many of the indicted faced up to 47 years in a federal prison if convicted. While the accused referred to themselves as "America's Conscience," the government dubbed them the Camden 28. Many were surprised to hear that all but one of the accused were prominent religious figures -- including four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 22 Catholic laypeople. All involved claimed that killing was morally indefensible, even in war. Over the course of the next two months, the defense would present its case and many of the defendants would passionately plead their case. In this documentary, filmmaker Giacchino explores the friendships and betrayals that played out as the controversial case of the Camden 28 went before a jury during a time when the country was divided by a war that seemed without end.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0720229912815
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
89,115

Special Features

Multiple interviews; Bonus archival footage; The Camden 28 reunion; Essay from Howard Zinn; Filmmaker biographies

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Camden 28
1. What Do You Do? [7:30]
2. Surveillance on Both Sides [6:19]
3. The Professional Handyman [8:32]
4. Night of the Break-In [13:04]
5. A Boy Dies, Intrigue Is Forgotten [6:39]
6. A Defense of Nullification [11:27]
7. Clarity and Heart [7:04]
8. A Mother Remembers [5:08]
9. Closing Statements [12:25]
10. Credits and Acknowledgements [4:28]

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