The Camden 28 (2007)
Critic Consensus: Despite the fact the events chronicled in The Camden 28 occurred 30 years ago, this poignant and compassionate doc about Vietnam protesters is both powerful and timely.
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Director Anthony Giacchino doesn't always relate the tale in the clearest fashion, but his sometimes overly emotional approach... doesn't detract from its essential fascination.
The moments never add up to a movie.
Concise, inventive and unabashedly partisan, The Camden 28 is a small movie that contains multitudes.
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MmmmKay..I thought I reviewed this once, but this app is so clunky, it apparently didn't take. A surprisingly good documentary, given I only stumbled on it at the library today. It recalls one of the many anti-Vietnam war protests of the 60's and early 70's, where protesters broke into draft board offices and either burned or destroyed records. In this case in Camden, NJ, the protesters, largely left wing Catholics, were betrayed by one of their own, only to see the Nixon administration and Hoover Justice Dept. screw up the case. This had to be one of J. Edgar Hoover's last big investigations before he went to that big drag bar in the sky. He never lived to see the unusual trial and verdict.
[font=Century Gothic]In 1971, a group of antiwar activists led by Protestant and Catholic clergy who were inspired by the civil disobedience of priests Philip and Daniel Berrigan decided to steal and destroy draft records in Camden, NJ. "The Camden 28" is a highly engrossing documentary about this action told through archival footage, interviews with participants and footage of a reunion 30 years later. The story is a complex one, with a couple of twists. Not only were the activists concerned with the war in Vietnam, but also the poverty in their native Camden.(Many of the local draftees were selected from the poorest neighborhoods.) It even made me rethink some of my views of religion but I did cringe when one of the priests talked about life being sacred. And it was especially cool that some of these activists are still involved in the antiwar movement thirty years later.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Note to the film's director: Sorry I couldn't stay after the show but I really did have to run.[/font]
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