Home of the Brave
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Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paola di Florio directs Home of the Brave, a documentary about the impact of Viola Liuzzo's murder. Detroit housewife and mother of five, Liuzzo was a civil rights activist who went to Alabama to help with voter registration in 1965. She was in town during the pivotal march organized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which ended in violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge near Selma. While trying to transport the tear-gased marchers in her car, she was shot by three members of the Ku Klux Klan. Suspects Eugene… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Paola di Florio's haunting documentary about Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit civil rights worker murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1965 Alabama, adds to the case for ripping J. Edgar Hoover's name off the FBI building in Washington."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"This doc recounting the tragic story of Viola Liuzzo, the only white woman killed during the civil rights struggle, doubles as a narrative of the nascent women's movement."
‑ Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"An interesting docu about significant but little known event"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Powerful documentary, highly recommended."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Powerful doc that indicts the FBI as much as it condemns the Ku Klux Klan."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"There is altogether too much footage of daughter Mary wallowing in her mother's martyrdom."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"A serenely powerful, handcrafted film that navigates into a place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once called 'the tangled discords of our nation.'"
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Even more than a crucial piece of remedial historiography, the film is also an unsettling exploration of the impact violence and shameful injustice continue to have on a family nearly 40 years after the fact."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film's content and theme affect the viewer."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Paola di Florio's poignant documentary tells the freshly outraging story of Viola Liuzzo, a white woman who was killed while volunteering with the civil rights movement."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"It is a film that should be required viewing by all citizens, especially students, if we hope not to repeat this awful chapter."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Amazing footage from the glory period of the civil rights movement energizes this documentary about Viola Gregg Liuzzo."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It plays in a traditional mode of discovery, but the story is still absorbing."
‑ Brad Slager, Film Threat
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