Mary Silliman's War

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The first American civil war was not the 19th c. conflict between North and South, but the American Revolution 90 years earlier, which often pitted neighbor vs. neighbor. This fresh way of looking at the Revolution is the major theme of a unique film, Mary Silliman's War. Conceived by Steven Schechter, and written by Schechter and Lousia Burns-Bisogna, the film was adapted from the 1984 biography The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America, by Wesleyan Professor Richard Buel and the late Joy Day Buel. Directed by Stephen Surjik, the film stars Nancy Palk, an internationally acclaimed stage actress in her film debut. The film chronicles the true story of the Silliman family during one harrowing year of the Revolution. In spring 1779, local Tories-those who sided with the British Crown-kidnapped State's Attorney Gold Selleck Silliman from his house in Fairfield, CT., and took him as a prisoner to British-controlled New York, leaving behind his pregnant wife Mary. In taking charge of the family farm and business, Mary needed to expand her responsibilities beyond those customary for an 18th c. woman. It also fell to Mary to devise a way to win her husband's release from captivity. Her resourcefulness and ingenuity ultimately provided the key to her husband's release, but in the process she faced painful and troubling moral dilemmas. Mary Silliman's War is the first film to portray the profound impact of this war -which is so often pictured only as George Washington and his troops against the Redcoats- upon civilians and communities.moreless

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