Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson

96+ min. In English & Spanish w/English subtitles. Bo Boudart, dist. by Cinema Libre Studio, 2018. DVD UPC 881394126725. $19.95. BIOG
S. Brian Willson enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966 to avoid the draft. As an Air Force Ranger officer, Willson witnessed the destruction of Vietnamese villages and the killing of civilians. His reports of atrocities were ignored. Captain Willson was honorably discharged to prevent him from speaking out against the war at his pending court martial. He became a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and continued to lead protests against undeclared U.S. wars after Vietnam. In 1987, Willson lost both legs to a train at the Concord Naval Weapons Center, CA, trying to block a munitions shipment to the Nicaraguan Contras. Archival footage and interviews with prominent activists are expertly blended in this award-winning film. Willson's legacy is that of ongoing antiwar practice; his influence on today's peace movement is unparalleled.
VERDICT This biopic of an American hero is highly recommended for video collections in American history.
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