I felt compelled to make a film, portrait of America
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"In the months leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, I watched as the protests grew from thousands of people to millions of people across the United States and around the world. This grassroots movement against the Iraq war grew at a larger and faster rate than the Vietnam anti-war movement of the 1960s. And yet, it received very little coverage in the mainstream media. As an independent documentary filmmaker,
I felt compelled to make a film about this important grassroots movement that would show in a very personal way some of the people who are protesting this war."
—Film Director, Robbie Leppzer

THE PEACE PATRIOTS is an intimate portrait of American dissenters reflecting on their personal participation as engaged citizens in a time of war.

Narrated by actress and Air America Radio host, Janeane Garofalo, this feature-length documentary film follows a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 14 to 75, including middle and high school students, college students, teachers, clergy, and war veterans from Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the U.S. invasion and on-going military occupation of Iraq.
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A Turning Tide Production
78 minutes • DVD and VHS Video

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Film Festival Screenings
Boston Independent Film Festival
Plymouth Independent Film Festival
Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival
Camden International Film Festival
7 Islands International Film Festival (Mumbia, India)
Vermont International Film Festival
Northampton Independent Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival

Film Available As A Fundraiser For Community Activist Groups

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"In the months leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, I watched as the protests grew from thousands of people to millions of people across the United States and around the world. This grassroots movement against the Iraq war grew at a larger and faster rate than the Vietnam anti-war movement of the 1960s. And yet, it received very little coverage in the mainstream media. As an independent documentary filmmaker,
I felt compelled to make a film about this important grassroots movement that would show in a very personal way some of the people who are protesting this war."
—Film Director, Robbie Leppzer

THE PEACE PATRIOTS is an intimate portrait of American dissenters reflecting on their personal participation as engaged citizens in a time of war.

Narrated by actress and Air America Radio host, Janeane Garofalo, this feature-length documentary film follows a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 14 to 75, including middle and high school students, college students, teachers, clergy, and war veterans from Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the U.S. invasion and on-going military occupation of Iraq.

The film features contemporary music by 2005 Grammy Award winner Steve Earle, Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Jonatha Brooke, Stephan Smith, Saul Williams, DJ Spooky, Jami Sieber, Shelley Doty and original music by John Sheldon.

• Purchase THE PEACE PATRIOTS on DVD or VHS
• Watch Excerpts of THE PEACE PATRIOTS



REVIEWS

“THE PEACE PATRIOTS takes the word ‘patriotism’ and gives it a rich positive meaning, removing it from the ugliness of war and nationalism, and restoring it’s original idea as ‘love of country.’ It does this by showing us true patriots—those people who, with artistry and imagination, as well as deep moral commitment, have spoken and acted to end the war in Iraq. In a time of sadness, thinking of the dead and maimed on both sides, this film gives us hope and inspiration. I hope it will be shown widely.”

Howard Zinn
Author of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

"A filmmaker unafraid to go against the tide."

Rhonda Stewart
THE BOSTON GLOBE

“THE PEACE PATRIOTS beautifully demonstrates that ordinary people committed to peace and social justice can make a difference. Anyone feeling burned out from resisting the direction our government is headed in will get a shot of energy from this film."

David Potorti
Director, September 11th Families For Peaceful Tomorrows

“THE PEACE PATRIOTS is a powerful portrayal of activism designed to give life and hope to our efforts towards a culture of peace. As a college professor who is interested in exposing students to nonviolent means of action against injustice, I have found this film to be very uplifting. It demonstrates the power of people to be able to achieve our goals of nonviolence. I highly recommend it as a teaching tool. "

Abbie Jenks
Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies, Greenfield Community College


“THE PEACE PATRIOTS proved to be both inspirational and educational for our audience. The documentary left our audience feeling inspired that there were like-minded activists working for peace and justice in other communities around the United States. I wholeheartedly recommend this film for anyone who is interested in learning about the peace movement.”

Paul Lachapelle
Students for Peace and Justice, University of Montana


Robbie Leppzer’s documentary works have been globally broadcast by CNN International and broadcast nationally in the United States And Canada by PBS, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, The Learning Channel, Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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