Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Watch The Camden 28 tonight

Tonight on PBS, the show POV will be playing the new documentary The Camden 28, about an antiwar group arrested in 1971 for organizing to destroy draft records.

Alice and I saw this a few weeks ago at Cinema Village in New York and I was floored.

I expected an informative and mildly boring doc about a forgotten chapter in the history of the American left. Instead, the film was surprising and fascinating, and the whole theater was riveted. It had the unexpected electricity of Capturing the Friedmans, as opposed to the more bland The Weather Underground. There's even a twist that elicited gasps. At the end, the audience burst into applause and chattered about how they must get their friends to see it.

See the PBS page on the movie, and its Imdb and Rotten Tomatoes pages. In New York, Channel 13 is playing the film at 10pm tonight, and again on Saturday, Sept. 15th at 4:30pm.