Next wobbly domino in Central America after Nicaragua was El Salvador, whose progress from banana republic to flashpoint for Cold War paranoia is traced in this documentary. American military support for the Duarte dictatorship and the suppression of popular dissent are recorded in footage from diverse sources; US public protest and consternation in Congress swell; and the Vietnam parallels become ever more apparent. A companion piece (and ominous sequel) to Silber's record of the anti-Nam movement, The War at Home, it's more urgent and cogent than that neat historical package.
Glenn Silber, Tete Vasconcellos
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