The Boys Who Said NO!

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Focus: Democracy
Running Time:90 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Judith Ehrlich
Producer:Christopher Colorado Jones
Bill Prince
Judith Ehrlich
Screenwriter:Judith Ehrlich
Michael Stewart Foley
Michael Chandler
Cinematographer:Joan Churchill
Vicente Franco
Ashley James
Morgan Schmidt-Feng
Print Source:InSight Productions
Note Writer:Brendan Peterson


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 6:00pm PT on Thursday, October 8, and 11:59pm PT on Wednesday, October 14, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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OPENING NIGHT ONLINE: During unsettling times, it helps to remember how we survived past struggles. The Boys Who Said NO! focuses on the nonviolent warriors who actively opposed the military draft during the Vietnam War and whose brave actions would eventually lead to the end of both the draft in the United States and the long-standing, devastating war. Offering a thorough and fascinating (recent) history lesson, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Judith Ehrlich (The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, MVFF32) highlights several heroes of the anti-war movement—from iconic figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., musician Joan Baez, and famed resistance leader David Harris to ordinary youth organizing sit-ins. Alongside harrowing, breathtaking news footage of the struggles at home and overseas, the film is a captivating account of a historic turning point in America, celebrating the amazing resilience of humans fighting for change and speaking truth to power.


Shown in collaboration with UNAFF


Thank you to our community partner Berkeley Film Foundation!

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Additional Information

Judith Ehrlich co-produced and co-directed Oscar®, Emmy®, IDA Award-nominated and Peabody Award winner, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. That film won over a dozen film festival awards, sold to 20 international broadcasters, and made over half a million dollarsat the box office. Her film, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, was also an ITVS documentary and broadcast on PBS. She is the only person to twice win the major history film awards in the US.