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The Camden 28

The Camden 28

Even as “The Camden 28” documents from multiple perspectives and in minute detail a crucial, if somewhat lesser known, moment in the storied Vietnam antiwar movement, it’s hard not to feel that director Anthony Giacchino’s aim isn’t merely historical recordkeeping. Created amidst an ongoing war that has been widely compared to the nation-devouring Vietnamese conflagration (and is arguably lacking that conflict’s broad activist counterforce), the film exudes a certain sense of awe at the actions of the Camden 28, coupled with some (very) mild finger-wagging, almost as if to say to the current antiwar crowd: “Look what these folks were doing.” An epilogue featuring contemporary footage of aged Camden 28 members marching peaceably against the Iraq war only drives the point home, bluntly.
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