The Trial of the AVCO Plowshares

1986, 75 min, color, sound

In July of 1983, seven Americans entered AVCO Systems Division, a manufacturing plant for MX and Pershing II missiles in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and damaged weapon parts in a protest against the build-up of nuclear arms. This work documents the ensuing trial. With minimal commentary, Reilly and Gustafson examine the American judicial system, the tradition of non-violent civil disobedience, and the question of a higher moral imperative, beyond the letter of the law.

Executive Producer: John Reilly. Camera: John Barnet, Jim Williams. Sound: Jim Williams, Bill Goldberg. Editors: Julie Gustafson, Molly Smollett. A production of Global Village.