Price: $210.00

    Code: 2214

    Directed by Monica Bigler and Sarah Prior
    2005, 30 minutes
    Purchase: $210 Classroom Rental: $125

    Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, American preoccupation with personal security has reached proportions not seen since the Cold War. Buried in the Backyard traverses the American landscape to introduce us to men and women who are actively engaged in preparations for the next terrorist attack.

    They are young and old, married and single, with kids and without; but they all spend a great deal of time building, stocking, playing and living in their bomb shelters. Some have a year's worth of food stored in their shelter; others have decided to build a second one, just in case. Whether seated on their living room couches, or taking us on a guided tour of their shelters, these ‘security enthusiasts' discuss their reasons for being prepared, talk candidly about what most people think of their paranoia, and of course, how these people could become a threat by trying to crowd into their shelters should a nuclear attack take place (for the record, most say they won't let them in).

    Depicting the lengths to which regular men and women will go to protect themselves, this fascinating documentary provides a compelling portrait of Americans facing their fears at the dawn of the 21st century.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, San Francisco International Film Festival
    * Official Selection, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
    * Official Selection, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


    “A fascinating documentary…. Unquestionably entertaining!” – Video Librarian

    “Distinctive… Provocative!” – The Journal of American Culture