Home of the Brave (2004 film)

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Home of the Brave
Directed by Paola di Florio
Produced by
  • Paola di Florio
  • Nancy Dickenson
Written by Paola di Florio
Narrated by Stockard Channing
Music by
  • Karen Childs
  • David Powell
Edited by Thomas G. Miller
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Home of the Brave is a 2004 documentary film about Viola Liuzzo, an American anti-racist activist during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.


A white housewife and mother of five children, Viola Liuzzo felt called to action by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and left her Michigan home to work in Alabama with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965. While serving as a volunteer during the historic Selma to Montgomery marches, Liuzzo was shot dead by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The film is an historical account of her life presented in a montage of archival footage, narrated by the actress Stockard Channing and laced with extensive interviews of Liuzzo's family members and contemporaries.[1]


Home of the Brave was written, directed, and co-produced by Paola di Florio.[1] The 75-minute film was released by Emerging Pictures in late 2004.[1]

Critical reception and review[edit]

Home of the Brave was nominated for the 2004 IDA Award by the International Documentary Association,[2] and was selected for competition at that year's Sundance Festival.[3]

It was nominated for the Documentary Screenplay Award by the Writers Guild of America in 2005, and was one of the films featured at the first annual Traverse City Film Festival in 2005.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gates, Anita (October 27, 2004). "A Slain Civil Rights Worker and Her Mournful Legacy". The New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff (2004). "IDA 2004 Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards: Nominees". Documentary.org. International Documentary Association. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Weyermann, Diane (2004). "2004 Archive: Home of the Brave". Sundance.org. Sundance Institute. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 

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