“The Camden 28”

Friday, October 1, 2021, 7:00 PM, at Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Movie runtime: 83 minutes.

Supreme Court Justice William Brennan called the trial of 28 activists who broke into a federal office in Camden, New Jersey, to destroy draft records “one of the great trials of the 20th century.” Despite acknowledging their involvement, all defendants were acquitted of the crime that took place 50 years ago this year.

The award-winning documentary The Camden 28 (produced in 2007) revisits the Vietnam War era protest action and trial 35 years after the events to explore the participants’ motives, fears, and estimates of the personal costs of their activism and the changes that activism made possible in America. See the Film Trailer. Visit the Film Website.

A brilliant merger of political outrage and filmmaking. Concise and inventive!

Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times

Stirring, surprising, full of twists and turns, betrayals and redemption. If protest seems futile, The Camden 28 shows how it can be done.

Anthony Kaufmann, San Francisco Film Society