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Crossing the Line

Closing the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) becomes an international grassroots movement.

Overview

Genre
Social Issues, Contemporary Issues, Religion, and Human Rights
Synopsis

Narrated by Susan Sarandon. "One of the outstanding documentary shorts of 1999"--
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
On November 22, 1998, over 7,000 students, teachers, church people, activists and former military—some trained at Ft. Benning—met outside the gates of that Georgia army base, where SOA is located.

Led by actor Martin Sheen, 2,319 of them risked arrest and imprisonment by crossing the line onto the military base, the largest act of civil disobedience in the U.S. since the Vietnam war.

Carrying symbolic coffins and crosses bearing the names of thousands of men, women and children assassinated by SOA graduates in Latin America, they demanded that the U.S. government stop training foreign soldiers and close SOA's doors forever. "Crossing the Line" documents this inspiring and dramatic non-violent protest.

Stage
finished
Running time
16 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Richter Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
1998-9
Locations
Gates of Fort Benning, GA
Prod. Partners
Maryknoll

Distribution Details

Release year
1999
Distribution
Distributed via Amazon Prime Video
Language
English

Photos

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