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Film: "Winter Soldier"
Date Monday February 27
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto
(Wheelchair accessible)
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorPeninsula Peace and Justice Center
“In an ideal and informed democracy, a 'Winter Soldier' screening would be a voter registration requirement.” Village Voice

In February 1971, one month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, a public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson motel in Detroit. Vietnam Veterans Against the War organized the event, called the Winter Soldier Investigation, with support from Jane Fonda and Mark Lane. More than 125 veterans spoke of atrocities they had witnessed and committed. Though the event was attended by press and television news crews, almost nothing was reported to the American public. Yet, this unprecedented forum marked a turning point in the anti-war movement. It was a pivotal moment in the lives of young vets from around the country who participated, including the young John Kerry. The Winter Soldier Investigation changed him and his comrades forever. Their courage in testifying, their desire to prevent further atrocities and to regain their own humanity, provide a dramatic intensity that makes the documentary film "Winter Soldier" an unforgettable experience.

“Why did it take 30 years for this film to get a national release? The soldiers' sentiments could just as well have been conveyed today about Iraq. Their visible anguish is a sobering reality check about the nature of war.” S.F. Chronicle

$7 to $15 (suggested donation). Sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the March 18 antiwar rally in Palo Alto.

For more information, contact PPJC at 650-326-8837 or http://www.PeaceandJustice.org
Added to the calendar on Monday Feb 6th, 2006 6:04 PM

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