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Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies explores the legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley. Their belligerent disputes defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle. Learn more.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Best of Enemies explores the legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley. Their belligerent disputes defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle. Learn more.

DISCUSSION:

Members of the award-winning SIU Debate TeamArielle Stephenson and Zach Moss, will make connections between the historic debates depicted in the film and our local experiences during this election season.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most – from newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more.

WSIU has traditionally partnered with the Carbondale Public Library and SIU Carbondale to host screening throughout Southern Illinois. These screenings are free and open to the public. In addition to the Community Cinema film screening events, WSIU hosts Indie Lens Pop Up film screenings featuring documentaries from the PBS hit series Independent Lens.