This Is Where We Take Our Stand
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A new documentary about vets who spoke out against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from filmmakers David Zeiger (Sir, No Sir), Mike Majoris and Bestor Cram (Unfinished Symphony), screening to benefit for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Q&A will Zeiger, Majoris and Cram, and IVAW members from the film!
THIS IS WHERE WE TAKE OUR STAND is the story of hundreds of veterans who risked everything to publicly tell their accounts of the horrors they witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active-duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it. Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. “This is Where We Take Our Stand” is the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified-a story that’s as important to tell today as ever. These brave soldiers and veterans are challenging a public silence that runs very deep, underscoring a willingness to accept unspeakable horrors-as long as we don’t know about them.
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent. This benefit will go towards the IVAW’s continuing efforts to bring home the reality of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.