On March 20, 2003, the United States launched a military
invasion of Iraq. A month before, over 15 million people around the
world demonstrated against this impending war in an unprecedented
day of global protest. In the U.S., grassroots opposition to this
war grew at a larger and faster rate than during the Vietnam anti-war
movement of the 1960s.
Leppzer chronicles the story of people living in one area
of New Englandthe Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusettswho
oppose the U.S. invasion and military occupation of Iraq.
Narrated by actress and
Air America Radio host, Janeane Garofalo, this feature-length
documentary film follows a diverse group of individuals, ranging in
age from 13 to 74, including middle and high school students, college
students, teachers, clergy, and war veterans from Korea, Vietnam and
the Persian Gulf, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances,
and civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the war.
THE PEACE PATRIOTS is an
intimate portrait of American dissenters reflecting on their personal
participation as engaged citizens in a time of war.
film features contemporary music by 2005 Grammy Award winner Steve
Earle, Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Jonatha Brooke, Stephan
Smith, Saul Williams, DJ Spooky, and original music by John
PEACE PATRIOTS takes the word patriotism and gives
it a rich positive meaning, removing it from the ugliness of war and
nationalism, and restoring its original idea as love of
country. It does this by showing us true patriotsthose
people who, with artistry and imagination, as well as deep moral commitment,
have spoken and acted to end the war in Iraq. In a time of sadness,
thinking of the dead and maimed on both sides, this film gives us
hope and inspiration. I hope it will be shown widely.
Howard Zinn Author
of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
PEACE PATRIOTS proved to be both inspirational and educational
for our audience. The documentary left our audience feeling inspired
that there were like-minded activists working for peace and justice
in other communities around the United States. I wholeheartedly recommend
this film for anyone who is interested in learning about the peace
Paul Lachapelle Students
for Peace and Justice, University of Montana
AVAILABLE AS A FUNDRAISER FOR COMMUNITY GROUPGS
Turning Tide Productions is seeking
to partner with grassroots peace and social justice groups to distribute
the DVD of THE PEACE PATRIOTS. Community organizations can
benefit by selling DVDs (available in bulk quantities for a 25
- 50% discount) which can be re-sold to your members at the retail
home video price . In addition, groups can receive a percentage of
on-line sales made through our website, generated by members of your
organization who click on a weblink posted on your website or in an
email sent by your organization.
Individual activists are encouraged
to show the film at house parties. Groups are encouraged to host large-event
premiere screeings of THE PEACE PATRIOTS in your community
or on college campuses, in conjunction with a national speaking tour
conducted by filmmaker Robbie Leppzer
(see below). These screenings can serve as a benefit fundraising event
for the sponsoring organization, as well as, be a public forum on
grassroots activism and the future of the U.S. military occupation
SCREENING AND SPEAKING TOUR
the anti-nuclear power protests of the 1970s, to the nuclear
disarmament, labor and Central America solidarity struggles of the
1980s, to the protests of indigenous peoples across the Americas
and coalition movements for social justice of the 1990s, to
the growing global peace movement of the new millennium, award-winning
independent documentary filmmaker Robbie
Leppzer has chronicled grassroots activism over the last
Leppzers documentary works have been globally broadcast by
CNN International and broadcast nationally in the United
States And Canada by PBS, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, The
Learning Channel, Free
Radio, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting
Leppzer will be conducting a college speaking and screening tour
throughout 2005 - 2006 with THE PEACE PATRIOTS.
presentation of THE PEACE PATRIOTS will provide an educational
and organizing opportunity for student activist groups to highlight
the Iraq war issue. As the film highlights student participation in
the anti-war movement, it is a powerful inspiration about the role
students can play in grassroots social change.
presentation could be built around a teach-in or it could be its
own special event where local student, community, and faculty activists
could speak at the event to encourage participation in grassroots
Leppzer will lead discussions
after the film highlighting the importance of grassroots citizen activism
in a participatory democracy. He will also critique mainstream media
coverage of the anti-war protests and the on-going U.S. military occupation
of Iraq and underscore the importance of independent "un-embedded"
media. In addition, he will talk about the grassroots peace movement
in the context of an expanding world-wide movement for global justice.
Leppzer is available to spend
one or several whole days on a college campus and screen retrospective
selections from his previous documentaries chronicling social change
movements over the past three decades.
For more information on Robbie
Leppzer's speaking presentations, visit our speaker
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