The Boys Who Said NO!

  • Queensland Premiere
  • Judith Ehrlich
  • Australia (2020)
  • All Ages
90 min

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Judith Ehrlich tells the story of a mass movement of draft resisters who choose conscience over killing in the Vietnam War. Through dynamic archival footage and compelling interviews with the protagonists, the film chronicles a youth-led movement of nonviolent civil disobedience that ended the draft and helped end the brutal war.

The Boys Who Said NO! captures for the first time the passion, fear, and hope of a generation of nonviolent warriors who broke the law to stand for peace.

“One of the major highlights of this year’s Melbourne Documentary Film Festival …an insightful and comprehensive documentary. The film is especially prescient today as it dovetails in with the Civil Rights movement and the current issues relating to the racial divide in America and the rest of the world.“ – Peter Krausz

A Q&A session with filmmakers will follow this screening.

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  • Language
  • Director
    Judith Ehrlich
  • Screenwriter
    Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich, Michael Stewart Foley
  • Genre
    Documentary, Images of war, Politics, War

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