War is hell.

Oscar and Emmy-nominated director Judith Ehrlich talks to a group of Vietnam War resistors and through song and story takes us on a journey of how the propaganda machine can be destroyed by just not maintaining it. Tensions were high in the 1960’s with people learning about what was going on in Vietnam and they didn’t want anything to do with it. Men were publicly burning their draft cards, going to jail and doing anything they could to draw attention to the fact that the war was unjust, unwarranted and would be a blotch in the annals of American history.

Surviving resistance fighters tearfully reminisce about what they went through to get their voices heard to deliver the message to the political powers that be that war is not the answer as killing for peace is an oxymoron.

The use of old photographs, news footage and amateur documentation will both enrage and remind viewers that human beings are the cruelest creatures on this planet. Humanity is capable of vile things when properly brainwashed by corporations and certain government officials. The events talked about are less than 60 years old and in some places still happen. Anti-war protesters were non-violent and the police were pro-violent, we haven’t evolved as a species.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Doc Edge Festival 2021 will screen THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! from June 4 – July 11. Tickets and more information are available HERE

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – The Boys Who Said No!

Reviewed online (screener provided by publicist), May 22, 2021. Rating: TBC. Running time: 90 min.

PRODUCTION: Producers: Christopher Colorado Jones, Bill Prince. Executive producers: Clara Bingham, Robert Estrin, Alan Gould, Robert Levering, Bob Weissbourd, Bob Zaugh. 

CREW: Director: Judith Ehrlich. Writers: Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich. Editing: Michael Chandler, Scott Walton. Music: Beth Custer.

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