XXI Century: war, peace and patriotism

David Cline, a Vietnam veteran and president of Veterans for Peace, relates his personal story and gives us a first-hand account of what war really looks like. The historian Michael Foley looks at the inequities of the draft during the Vietnam war, which produced the notorious 'chicken-hawks' who spend their time these days championing the 'war on terror' as a patriotic duty but who avoided military service when it was their turn to serve. Vietnam veterans tell us about their difficult return to 'the world'. We look at the bloated military budget, and the effect it has on funds desperately needed by cities across the country.

And just who is the threat to peace? Nelson Mandela and a Hiroshima survivor remind us that only one country has actually used nuclear weapons.

Amongst those featured are Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Susan Sarandon, Desmond Tutu, Jessica Lange, Tim Robbins, Ossie Davis, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Patti Smith.

'An exceptionally well done panorama of significant political events surrounding September 11th, 2001 and the American Empire.' Willliam Blum

'Highly revealing! A documentary which celebrates the peace movement while fueling your rage to danger levels.' Red Pepper


Main credits

Zamparini, Gabriele (film director)
Zamparini, Gabriele (film producer)
Zamparini, Gabriele (screenwriter)
Zamparini, Gabriele (director of photography)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (film producer)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (screenwriter)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (director of photography)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (editor of moving image work)
Chomsky, Noam (on-screen participant)
Ratner, Michael (on-screen participant)
Cagan, Lesie (on-screen participant)
Zinn, Howard (on-screen participant)
Foley, Michael (on-screen participant)
Palast, Greg (on-screen participant)
Daniels, Edward (on-screen participant)
Cline, David (on-screen participant)
Sharpton, Al (on-screen participant)
Scott, Dread (on-screen participant)
Mandela, Nelson (on-screen participant)
Davis, Angela Y (on-screen participant)
Sarandon, Susan (on-screen participant)
Tutu, Desmond (on-screen participant)
Lange, Jessica (on-screen participant)
Davis, Ossie (on-screen participant)
Jackson, Jessie (on-screen participant)
Smith, Patti (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Lorenzo Meccoli [and 5 others]; camera, lighting, and sound, Lorenzo Meccoli, Gabriele Zamparini.

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Distributor subjects

American Democracy
American Studies
Civil Liberties
Conflict Resolution
Foreign Policy, US
Human Rights
International Studies
Social Justice
War and Peace


patriotism, chicken-hawks, weapons of mass destruction, WMD, David Cline, Vietnam veteran, Veterans for Peace, Michael Foley, the draft, military budget, Nelson Mandela, Hiroshima, nuclear weapons,Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn Angela Davis, Susan Sarandon, Desmond Tutu, Jessica Lange, Tim Robbins, Ossie Davis, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Patti Smith; "war, peace and patriotism"; Bullfrog Films

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