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We Are Many

  • Documentary and factual
  • 2014
  • Amir Amirani
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The Stop the War march on 15 February 2003 now seems a mere historical footnote from the early 21st century, particularly as the Iraq War went ahead regardless of millions of people marching in protest all over the world. However, director Amir Amirani's rousing, sometimes moving, chronicle of the global outcry to stop the US/UK-led conflict is an inspiring experience thanks to spot-on archive and incisive contributions from speakers ranging from Damon Albarn and John le Carré to indefatigable anti-war campaigner Tony Benn and weapons inspector Hans Blix. The outcome is known but you still get a frisson of excitement from the countdown to the march and the last-ditch attempts to postpone hostilities. And the film offers some room for optimism, too, by revealing how the biggest mass demonstration in history (70m people in 789 cities worldwide... and the Antarctic) inspired the movers of the Arab Spring and even deterred the US/UK intervention in Syria in 2013. One Egyptian activist was amazed "white, whiskey-drinking infidels" could point the way. Seeing unapologetic US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ambushed by protesters and labelled a war criminal is also worth the entrance fee, too. A valuable tribute to protest, it's a film that should be seen by the many.

Credits

Cast

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Mark RylanceMark Rylance
Danny GloverDanny Glover
Ken LoachKen Loach
Richard BransonRichard Branson
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn
Ron KovicRon Kovic
Brian EnoBrian Eno
Rev Jesse JacksonRev Jesse Jackson
Tony BennTony Benn
Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn

Crew

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DirectorAmir Amirani

Details

Theatrical distributor
Amirani Media
Released on
2015-05-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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