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The Making of “In The King of Prussia,” Interview with Emile de Antonio, 1989

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The Plowshares Movement started as an anti-nuclear weaponry political group in the 1980s. The idea was to follow Isaiah’s imperative and make sure that swords would be beaten into ploughshares. The group damaged government property and were arrested and convicted. The filmmaker Emile de Antonio made a popular film In The King of Prussia about the group that feature some of its original members in the cast. The tension in this film is clear: if we fight for peace by disrupting weaponry, should we be thrown in jail? Should we be convicted and punished for making the world a more peaceful place? The Plowshares Movement took the Bible as their guide, yet they were thrown in prison. Were they following Isaiah’s prophecy, or were they enemies of the state?