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The Camden 28

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PBS Premiere: September 11, 2007


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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TAGS: 1960s, activism, american history, catholic, draft, protest, vietnam, war

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The Camden 28

Premiere Date: September 11, 2007

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Anthony Giacchino Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Press Release


Anthony Giacchino
Anthony Giacchino

I wanted to tell the story of the Camden 28, but I also wanted to raise questions about government deception and reasons for going to war.”

— Anthony Giacchino


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Critical Acclaim

The unspoken parallels between Iraq and Vietnam and the antiwar movements then and now are illustrated by The Camden 28, a poignant documentary recalling the all-but-forgotten trial of 28 Vietnam War opponents, mostly members of the Catholic Left...”

— Stephen Holden,
The New York Times

One of the crème de la crème of American documentaries that earn a place on PBS's POV... It's a strikingly human story about conscience and activism.”

— Jonathan Storm,
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The film evokes an era when the Church led the fight for social justice instead of against it.”

— David Edelstein,
New York Magazine

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