Home of the Brave
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- Deleted Scenes
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Top Customer Reviews
In form and style, this is a fairly conventional documentary, combining footage from the past with present-day interviews with friends and family members of the victim. Through both memories and documented evidence, the movie paints the portrait of an inspiring woman who recoiled at the injustices she saw in the world around her and ended up paying the ultimate price for her consuming need to rectify them. The most eye-opening aspect of the film involves the way in which, after her death, Liuzzo became the object of greater government scrutiny than even the men who perpetrated the crime.
The movie shows the rippling effect Viola's death had not only on society as a whole but on the lives of her children as well. It was her murder that inspired President Johnson to sign into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which essentially ended the use of poll taxes and literacy tests for voting in this country.Read more ›
I was familiar with the basic outlines of Liuzzo's story, so I did not learn a lot about her involvement in the Civil Rights movement. The interviews with Liuzzo's children are the most-fascinating aspect of Home of the Brave. It is easy to see that most them are still struggling to come to grips with their mother's murder. One son, Tony, has become a leader in the Michigan Militia and expresses intense paranoia. Daughter Mary takes an emotional trip to Selma to visit the site of her mother's murder. Another son, Tommy, has moved to Alabama, changed his last name, and has had no contact with his siblings for over 20 years.
My only complaint about Home of the Brave is that I wished the film had more depth in places. I would have liked more background on Viola; her motivations for going to Selma are still a bit mysterious. The story of the State of Alabama's attempts to prosecute the Klansman for her murder is grossly oversimplified. In the end, a 75-minute film may simply not be long enough to tell Viola's story.
As someone who has spent most of his life in Alabama, I found the film particularly moving. It is difficult to believe that segregation was one of the pillars our society until recently; Home of the Brave helps explain why the South and the U.S. will continue to struggle with equal rights issues during my lifetime.
Viola's story reminds us that one courageous person can help create a better world; unfortunately, she also reminds us that courage often comes with a high cost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting film about one of the most forgotten incidents during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. It had my attention from beginning till end. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert Weingartner
This Mother was killed for bigotry in the Civil rights era of the early 60s. This is a story to watch. Everyone can learn from this awful situation.Published on January 26, 2014 by John J. Bogle
Wonderful Indy film about hero Violla Liuzzo--movie is a beautiful story. Amazon is my source for obscure movies and books.Published on November 13, 2013 by LEO808
A powerful telling of the murder of a civil rights volunteer. The only white woman killed in the Civil Rights struggle, Viola Liuzzo joined so many black sisters and brothers who... Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Diane Miller
THIS IS THE TOUCHING STORY OF A FEMALE CIVIL RIGHTS MARTYR. THIS IS ONE OF THE TRUE HEROINES OF ALL TIME!Published on March 26, 2013 by Annessa Thomas
Treating the historic background and the contemporary context with respect, this documentary is both a tribute to a fearless person and her cause and an effort to rehabilitate the... Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Paulenz Hans Peter