GenreDocumentary, History, Music CountryUnited States
Release date1979 DirectorsGlenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown CastPaul Soglin, Allen Ginsberg, Karleton Armstrong, Wahid Rashad GenresHistory, Documentary, War film, Political cinema NominationsAcademy Award for Best Documentary Feature Similar moviesSir! No Sir! (2005)
TaglineIt started in Vietnam...and exploded in the streets of America.
The War at Home is a documentary film about the anti-war movement in the Madison, Wisconsin area during the time of the Vietnam War. It combines archival footage and interviews with participants that explore the events of the period on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The film focuses on student protests of government policies in the Vietnam War, clashes between students and police, and the responses of politicians and the public to the turmoil. Among the major events included is the Sterling Hall bombing. Intended to destroy the Army Math Research Center in the building, the bombing caused massive destruction to other parts of the building, resulting in the death of a physics researcher, Robert Fassnacht, who was not involved in the Army Math Research Center.
The war at home documentary
Dialogue from the film was used as samples in the song Thieves by the band Ministry on the album The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste.