Film & Discussion: Investigation of a Flame
A Documentary Portrait of the Catonsville 9
This beautiful, haunting and evocative film by Lynne Sachs is the powerful story of what happened on May 17, 1968 when three priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, MD draft board office. They grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with home-made napalm.
This is an intimate look at this unlikely band-dubbed the Catonsville Nine-who broke the law in a poetic act of civil disobedience. Lynn Sachs explores the Sixties protest with our own difficult times and how we can act to get access to the public imagination (e.g. the Occupy movement). She has combined volatile long-unseen archival footage with a series of informal interviews with Berrigans, Howard Zinn and others. The meditative result encourages viewers to ponder the contemporary relevance of civil disobedience and the implications of personal sacrifice for the greater good. Endorsed by the St. Joseph Father Bill O'Donnell Social Justice Committee and the Ecumenical Peace Institute
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