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The War at Home tells the story of the impact of the war in Vietnam on one American city, using Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin as a microcosm for the national Antiwar Movement. The film vividly depicts a decade of antiwar resistance from the earliest Vietnam war protest in 1963; to some of the most violent antiwar demonstrations of the era (1967-72); to the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement that formally ended the U.S. role in the war in 1973. Using a treasure trove of local TV news film, illuminated by more than twenty original on-camera interviews with student antiwar activists, Vietnam Veterans, community leaders, mothers, police officials and others, The War at Home details the actions and events that turned the Midwestern city of Madison into one of the major domestic battlegrounds of the Antiwar Movement. First released in 1979, The War at Home was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and went on to win top awards at the U.S. Film Festival (Sundance) and the Chicago International Film Festival, just a few years after the war in Vietnam came to an end.

  • Director: Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown(co-director)
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary | Music
  • Year: 1979
  • Run Time: 01:40:00
  • imdb Score: 7.6/10 (172 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Karleton Armstrong, Betty Boardman, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Haslach
"How does protest go from talk to action, from peaceful to violent, from local story to nationwide issue? In the case of the student antiwar movement of the 1960s, aimed at ending America’s military engagement in Vietnam, the reflective narrative offered by the 1979 documentary THE WAR AT HOME — about the charged, escalating battleground that was the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison — is an invaluable one."
Robert Abele - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Their Oscar-nominated film includes rare archival TV-film footage, fascinating interviews, and compelling analysis of both the Dow demonstration in 1967 that radicalized thousands of students and the ill-fated, late-night bombing of the Army Math Research Center in 1970 that killed a graduate student."
Danny Peary - DAN'S PAPER

FESTIVALS

Chicago International Film Festival 1979

Cinéma du Réel 1980