The War at Home

American History, Vietnam, War, Academy Award, Film & Film History
Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown
100 minutes



Nominated for Best Documentary Feature (1979)

Official Selection New York Film Festival 2018

A turbulent decade superbly evoked! - LA Times

Brilliant! - Boston Globe

Extraordinary! The whole world was watching. Remember? - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This is Hometown, America in Revolt…not to be missed. - Variety

Invaluable…. Never more so than today. - Los Angeles Times

The Classic Vietnam-Era Documentary “The War at Home” and Its Lessons of Nonviolence By Peter Canby, The New Yorker


Widely considered one of the most important political films, The War at Home examines the anatomy of a resistance movement, vividly chronicling the protest movement of the 1960's and 70's. Using the experiences of one American town, Madison, Wisconsin, as a microcosm of the national Antiwar Movement, the film provides a ground-level view of the home front during the Vietnam War and the war that students and other anti-war dissidents waged on America's political system, military, and notions of patriotism. Through a powerful combination of rare archival footage and interviews with students, police, community leaders, Vietnam veterans, and participants from all points of view, The War at Home shows how the Antiwar Movement grew into a genuine people's revolt.



Glenn Silber is a documentary filmmaker and long-time network television news producer who has produced 90 prime-time newsmagazine stories for various CBS News and ABC News broadcasts, as well as ten independent documentaries, primarily for PBS.

Silber was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary: for The War at Home (1979) and El Salvador: Another Vietnam (1981). He has received two Emmy Awards, the George Polk Award, a Columbia-DuPont Silver Baton, the IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Award; a Writers Guild Award, among dozens of awards and citations for his work as an independent producer and broadcast journalist.

His most recent documentary work includes: Producer/Director/Writer on the one-hour investigative report, A DEATH IN ST. AUGUSTINE for Frontline, in partnership with the NY Times which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Investigative Reporting. He was also Senior Producer & Writer on the ABC News Productions' one-hour Special for Discovery I.D, ADNAN SYED: INNOCENT OR GUILTY, about the crime story at the heart of the Season One "Serial" podcast that had 144 million downloads.

Silber was the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Filmmaking and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Documentary Branch).

Barry Alexander Brown has worked as a director, editor and writer in documentaries and feature films for the past four decades. Not long after completing The War at Home, he met and began a long working relationship with the director Spike Lee who was a graduate stuent at NYU at the time. Since, he has cut many of Mr. Lee's films including DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X, HE GOT GAME, SUMMER OF SAM, 25th HOUR and INSIDE MAN. Most recently he edited BLACKKKLANSMAN which just won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He has also worked with the acclaimed Indian director Mira Nair on such films as the Oscar Nominated SALAAM BOMBAY, MONSOON WEDDING and Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE.

As a director, he has shot music videos and commercials as well as the critically acclaimed features LONELY IN AMERICA and WINNING GIRLS. His third feature, LAST LOOKS, was shot on location in Turkey and was made to be the center piece of a transmedia novel, which he also wrote. He is currently slated to direct a feature film, based on his own screenplay, titled, SON OF THE SOUTH about Alabama native born civil rights activist Bob Zellner.


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