“Superb documentary! Almost unbearably moving.” - Time Magazine
Join us this Monday night the 27th for a national conversation with cultural pioneer Phil Donahue. It is a part of the Summer of Peace tele-summit series. It starts at 8:00 ET, 5:00 PT for one hour. We will discuss with Phil his thoughts on the peace movement, his film Body of War and our new Fall campaign, as well as take questions from you! SIGN-UP here for the summitt and call with Philand you will recieve your call-in number and details via email.
Host a Body of War Movie Party! Help get the word out about critical peacebuilding initatives
We are all too aware of the conflicts raging around the globe right now - the tremendous toll our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken. And yet we are still firmly on the path as the world's dominant military force. Despite having less than 5% of the world’s population, our spending on military is 41% of the total global expenditure. We must stand together and work for a shift.
This September and October, join us, along with Phil Donahue, for a Fall campaign around the acclaimed documentary “Body of War” -- an intimate and transformational feature film he co-directed about the true face of war today.
Let’s use these movie parties as an opportunity to make the work of peacebuilding the new priority in our nation - raising awareness among our friends and communities to supportkey peacebuilding budget priorities during the election season.
The film follows Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is in part Tomas's coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.
The film also takes a bold political review of the build-up and rush to war. It is a soul-stirring film and an important cautionary tale - and why we need to change course in our nation, away from violence, and towards more sustainable and healthy ways of dealing with conflict.
When I first saw this film, it touched me deeply, moving me to tears on several occasions. It's a powerful film that you'll want to see and share with everyone you know.
Sign-up to host a Movie Watching Party in your community. It's on dvd and last 1 hour and 27 minutes. Spread a message of peace in conjunction with this moving film.
We hope you will join us! Matthew Albracht
"A vivid powerful window into a wounded vet‘s world" - Entertainment Weekly
“Don’t Miss!” - Washington Post
Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to several standing ovations and acclaim. It won Best Documentary from the prestigious National Board of Review and was nominated for Best Documentary from Producer's Guild of America. Body of War was short-listed for an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.