Los Angeles, CA (August 30, 2018) — PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE, the new documentary directed by Bo Boudart, features peace activist heavyweights S. Brian Willson, Alice Walker (Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Color Purple), Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers Whistleblower), actor Martin Sheen, Code Pink Founder Medea Benjamin, 20-time Emmy Award-winning Phil Donahue, and Vietnam veteran and Golden Globe-winner Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July), sharing how S. Brian Willson’s 1987 protest changed the course of peace movements. Available as of August 21st on DVD and Digital [Vimeo and Amazon (with additional platforms at a later date: iTunes, Vudu, Google, PlayStation, Xbox & Docurama)]
Brian Willson made international headlines when he was run over by a munitions train outside the Concord Naval Weapons base in California. He lost both his legs, at the hands of the U.S. government. At the height of President Reagan’s Iran-Contra Scandal in 1987, Willson notified the Concord Naval Weapons Station of a peaceful protest he and fellow veterans would be undertaking, to prevent the illegal and unconstitutional shipments of munitions to the Contras in Nicaragua.
Although alerted, the station’s Commander ordered the train to continue even though Willson and other veterans were sitting on the tracks.
”If you care about the human race, please see this film.” – Frances Fisher, Actress
Although Willson had been active in peace and justice movements since his return from Vietnam, his sacrifice, at the hands of his own government, jettisoned him to the forefront of the peace movement, with thousands turning out to continue the protest while Willson was hospitalized.
Paying The Price For Peace is not only a look at the extraordinary life of S. Brian Willson, but a detailed record of the unconstitutional actions Presidents have taken from Truman to Obama, the military industrial complex plaguing the U.S. economy and the lives of today’s soldiers, told through the eyes of the movement’s most iconic and experienced voices.
Paying The Price For Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson releases this August 21 on streaming platforms and DVD.
Synopsis: In 1987, S. Brian Willson, a Vietnam veteran, sat down on the railroad tracks outside the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California to protest a shipment of weapons intended to arm the Nicaraguan Contra army. Underestimating the U.S. Navy’s intolerance for peaceful protest, Willson lost both of his legs and suffered a fractured skull when the train was ordered not to stop.
This is the story of one man who literally put his body on the line to dissent his country’s imperialistic nature after witnessing U.S. savagery during the Vietnam War that changed his political convictions. Realizing that his power came not from bearing arms, but from bearing the truth, Willson has become one of today’s most resolute voices against war. Including interviews with Martin Sheen, Daniel Ellsberg, Alice Walker, Ron Kovic, and narrated by Emmy® Award-winner Peter Coyote, “Paying the Price for Peace” is a film that will embolden all people who strive for peace.
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Closed Captions | Trailer | Bonus Clip, S. Brian Wilson’s historic trip to Nicaragua in 2014 at the personal invitation of President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo. S. Brian Willson receives a heros’ welcome and encounters fellow peace activists.
TRT: 96 minutes I Genre: Documentary, War & Peace, Foreign Policy I
Language: English & Spanish with English Subtitles
DVD UPC: 881394126725 I DVD CAT: CLS1267 I DVD SRP: $19.95
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