Hit & Stay | Chicago Reader

Hit & Stay

97 minutes 2013

Heartfelt and informative, this historical documentary considers the role of civil disobedience in the anti-Vietnam War movement, focusing on the efforts of priests, nuns, and other devout Catholics. Directors Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk recount the efforts of several different activist groups over nearly a decade; remarkably they maintain a sense of narrative continuity throughout, implying that one act of protest inspired another. The movie valorizes the Catholic Left for its rock-solid convictions as well as its publicized actions, concluding that contemporary activists can learn a lot from its example. When the subjects appear on camera, they seem humble, even self-effacing, about their accomplishments; their testimonies, however political in their rhetoric, serve as moving portraits of religious faith.

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