[Better This World is] the story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
A New York Times article this past weekend featured interviews with the film’s creators:
Ms. Duane de la Vega said she and Ms. Galloway see “Better This World” as one in a series of journalistic works that they hoped would “bubble up the issue” of informant use and domestic terrorism prosecutions. The takeaway for viewers, she said, is to make sure that they understand the context of the alarming headlines about accused terrorist acts. She said, “When they read about domestic terrorism — keep reading.”
Be sure to tune in to your local PBS station for the film tonight, and in the meantime, watch the trailer above or on POV‘s website.