How far are you willing to go to stand up for your
deepest beliefs? For Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner of Colrain, Massachusetts,
their life-long commitment to pacifism led them to risk losing their
home. For fourteen years, they publicly refused to pay federal taxes
as a protest against war and military spending. As a consequence, their
home was seized by U.S. marshals and IRS agents. Narrated by actor Martin
Sheen, this feature-length documentary chronicles the couples
five-year struggle to nonviolently resist the seizure of their home,
in which they are joined by hundreds of supporters from across the country,
including noted author and activist priest Fr. Daniel Berrigan and long-time
folksinger Pete Seeger.
The film includes a brief history of war tax
resistance in America from the colonial era to Henry David Thoreau to
the Vietnam War.
ACT OF CONSCIENCE is one of the most deeply moving films Ive
seen in years. Its an anthem of praisenot just to a courageous
couple, but to a beloved community that toughed it out against overwhelming
odds and ultimately triumphed. Seeing this movie lifts your spirits,
exhilarates, and offers hope."
telling the story of two courageous people who were willing to sacrifice
their home to declare their opposition to war and militarism, this engaging
documentary reminds us of the long and honorable tradition of civil
disobedience in this country. AN ACT OF CONSCIENCE should serve
as an inspiration to young people today in suggesting how one can live
one's life in defiance of the violence around us."
brilliant documentary puts a human face on political protest through
extraordinary acts by ordinary people. The film clearly shows the tension
in American culture between commitment to self and family and a more
universal sense of commitment to the world community. Never romanticized, AN ACT OF CONSCIENCE shows the human costs and dilemmas of living
by ones convictions."
balanced riveting story."
modern-day Thoreauvian stand-off."
compelling story of American dreams realized, lost, and questioned."
thoughtful, thought-provoking film that succeeds largely because it
doesnt attempt to provide easy answers for difficult moral questions.
It simply informs the viewer and demands that one wrestle with those
tough questions personally."
exploration of conflicting beliefs, realities, and truths. The result
is filmmaking that is both compelling and thought provoking."
ACT OF CONSCIENCE is the crown jewel in my American Studies class
unit about Henry David Thoreau and the Transcendental movement. The
film places the sentiments expressed in Thoreaus essay "Civil
Disobedience" in a contemporary context easily accessible to todays
high school students."
RECOMMENDED SUBJECT AREAS
Political Science • Sociology • Peace Studies • American Studies • Communications • Philosophy • Politics & Government • Politics of Peace and Conflict • Contemporary Social Movements • Human Rights • Social Change • Documentary Film Studies • Media and Contemporary Culture • Politics and International Law • Modern Political Thought • Philosophy of Nonviolence • Henry David Thoreau
AN ACT OF CONSCIENCE
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