A 1983 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Jim Klein &Julia Reichert's Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists will screen tonight at 7:00 pm, at Barbes in Brooklyn. The doc explores the brief rise and long fall of the American Communist Party (ACP), from widespread Leftist campaigning for programs such as Social Security and unemployment insurance, to the post-Stalin backlash and mid-century persecution that effectively killed off the party. The filmmakers interview 400 sometime-ACP members, but also probe the reticence of many once-and-future AmeriCommies to come out of the post-McCarthy closet.

Barbes is located at 376 9th Street, in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. For more info on the screening and the space, call (718) 965-9177.

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