Home of the Brave
Home of the Brave (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 11, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

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.

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Emanuel Levy

An interesting docu about significant but little known event

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Jan Stuart

There is altogether too much footage of daughter Mary wallowing in her mother's martyrdom.

Scott Foundas

A serenely powerful, handcrafted film that navigates into a place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once called 'the tangled discords of our nation.'

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

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.

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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter

It is a film that should be required viewing by all citizens, especially students, if we hope not to repeat this awful chapter.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Amazing footage from the glory period of the civil rights movement energizes this documentary about Viola Gregg Liuzzo.

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