We Are Many

The story of the biggest peace march in human history. On 15 February 2003, in over 800 cities around the world, 30 million people protested against the planned invasion of Iraq. In telling this remarkable story, We Are Many will harness the passion and political energy of this phenomenal movement as a force for good in giving people a voice.

We Are Many is a film about one of the single most remarkable days in human history. An untold chapter in the history of people power. By turns uplifting and chilling, it reveals the awesome power and potential of ordinary people, as well as the dark underbelly of the war machine.

On February 15th 2003, 30 million people in over 800 cities around the world marched against the impending war on Iraq. For the first time, we chronicle the birth, and growth of a new kind of movement, from those that built it, participated in it, and those who opposed it.

From the stories of mothers who marched while their soldier sons went to war, to stories of men and women who had never marched before in their lives; from scientists protesting in the freezing remoteness of Antarctica, to September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows protesting in New York; the story of February 15 2003 is a journey into the heart of a movement that transformed into a phenomenon.

Told from the vantage point of direct participants, the film charts the actions, fundraisers, media campaigns, and protests that culminated in February 15th. In the course of just a few months, the movement in the US reached levels of mobilization that during the Vietnam era, took years to develop. And while opposition to Vietnam was US focused, the Iraq movement was a truly global movement.

At its heart is the compelling drama of many millions of everyday people fighting to stop a war, set against a small band of people working to start one. More than just a powerful evocation of one of the greatest mass mobilizations in history, it is also a devastating critique of the state of democracy today. This was a movement that, astonishingly, had no leaders. There were spokespersons and organizers, but millions came forward on their own to oppose the war. Feb 15th grew out of the shifting currents of global power, which had gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream media, finally giving expression to a growing collective consciousness. The media finally paid attention to the movement, with the New York Times conferring 'superpower' status on the antiwar movement.

This film does not shirk the question of failure or success. Movements can win, even when they appear to lose. And the successes of the antiwar movement are greater in number and more surprising that might be imagined.

We Are Many is above all the story of us - of ordinary people, who together did an extraordinary thing. February 15th represents something that is not yet fully realized, a potential waiting for some catalyst to bring it into realization.

This is the most important mission for We Are Many; looking to the future by harnessing the power and passion of the global 'superpower' peace movement ready for the next time. Collecting the global voices and empowering them in the firm belief that We Are Many.

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