New Yorkers like to believe that they are trend-setters for the rest of the country. This next week, you can definitely do that.
Dave Zeiger’s acclaimed, award-winning documentary, “SIR! NO SIR!” will open at the IFC Center in New York next Wednesday, April 19, for a one-week run. Last Sunday, Ebert and Roeper gave this film two enthusiastic thumbs up. As a result, there are some 30 theater bookers across the United States who are waiting to see how “SIR! NO SIR!” does in putting hot bodies in the seats there at the IFC Center. If the run does well, the movie will reach the heartland of America, so that the rest of the country will learn the suppressed history of GI Resistence to the Vietnam War - the movement that stopped the war.
You may not have thought that seeing a movie could change the world, but in this case YOU HAVE THAT POWER!
On Monday, April 17, there will be a benefit screening of the film at the IFC Center for Iraq Vets Against the War (IVAW), the organization that just marched across the southern U.S. to New Orleans spreading the word that those who know the war in Iraq best no longer support it. Their further work is important if we are going to stop George Bush and his gang of lunatics from going to war in Iran.
Director David Zeiger, Jane Fonda, and many of the antiwar vets featured in the film, as well as modern-day war resisters, will be in attendance at this benefit.
I was part of that GI Resistance 38 years ago. Those guys were some of the finest individuals it was ever my privilege to know. It’s important for people to know this history that was suppressed - those in power know that if the soldiers refuse to fight, their days in power are numbered. We can’t afford to “hope for the best” for the next two years while a messianic lunatic plays with nuclear weapons in his great crusade.
We have to stop the war now! This movie is important. If you go see it, others around the country will be able to see this and learn about the GI Resistance that stopped a war.