Cul De Sac

Cul De Sac

A Suburban War Story

DVD - 2002
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Combining newsreel footage and contemporary interviews, this film begins with the news story of Shawn Nelson, the man who, in May 1995, emerged from a mineshaft dug in his backyard to seize a 60 ton tank and rampage through the streets of his suburban San Diego neighborhood. This is extended to the larger story of this defense-industry dependent working class community from the 1950's to the 1990's, during which time it decayed into a desperate strip-mall wasteland. Interviewees sketch the rise and fall of the one-time boomtown, tracing the neighborhood's social ills to World War II, the Vietnam War, and recent industry layoffs.
Publisher: New York : First Run/Icarus Films, c2002
Branch Call Number: DVD 979.4985 C897
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet


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