PREVIOUS FILMS BY ROBBIE LEPPZER
From the environmental protests of the 1970s, to the growing global peace, social justice and environmental movements of the new millennium, filmmaker Robbie Leppzer has chronicled grassroots social movements over the last four decades.
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THE PEACE PATRIOTS
An intimate portrait of American dissenters, including teenagers, college students, war veterans, teachers, clergy, and community activists, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the start of the U.S. invasion and military occupation of Iraq. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV. (2005) 78 minutes.
“In a time of sadness, thinking of the dead and maimed on both sides, this film gives us hope and inspiration.”
—Howard Zinn, Author of A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
AN ACT OF CONSCIENCE
The story of a family in western Massachusetts whose home was seized by federal marshals and IRS agents after they publicly refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Produced in association with HBO/Cinemax. World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival. Nationally broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, Sundance Channel, Link TV, and Free Speech TV. (1997) 90 minutes.
"AN ACT OF CONSCIENCE is one of the most deeply moving films I’ve seen in years. Seeing this movie lifts your spirits, exhilarates, and offers hope.”
—Studs Terkel, Author of WORKING and HARD TIMES
HARVEST OF PEACE
U.S. volunteers travel to a war zone in Nicaragua during the height of the U.S.-backed Contra war in the mid-1980s to harvest cotton in a unique citizen-to-citizen peace effort. World premiere, Telluride Film Festival. Best Nonfiction Film, San Antonio Cine Festival. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV. (1985) 29 minutes.
“A striking evocation of Nicaragua’s struggle and a moving expression of America’s best response.”
—Andrew Kopkind, THE NATION
COLUMBUS DIDN’T DISCOVER US
Indigenous people from North, South and Central America speak out about the impact of the Columbus legacy—past and present—on their lives. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV. Excerpts nationally broadcast on PBS. (1992) 24 minutes.
“This moving video offers an alternative view of Columbus’s place (or misplace) in history, seen through the eyes of Native Americans. A telling video, straight from the heart and the source.”
—Steve Garbarino, BILLBOARD
FUTBOLITO: A JOURNEY THROUGH CENTRAL AMERICA
Five New England young people travel through Guatemala and Nicaragua waging peace with “Hacky Sack” to show how a cooperative foot game can be used to make cross-cultural bridges. Aired on Free Speech TV. (1994) 28 minutes.
“FUTBOLITO shows how a simple game can break the ice between people who speak different languages and have different cultural traditions. This film about down-to-earth peacemaking sends a positive, constructive message to young people everywhere.”
—David Conrad, Professor of Education; Co-Director, Center for World Education, University of Vermont
A chronicle of a seminal event of 1970s’ environmental activism when 1,414 people were arrested in a civil disobedience protest at a nuclear power plant under construction in Seabrook, New Hampshire and jailed en masse in National Guard armories for two weeks. Broadcast on Free Speech TV and WGBY-TV, PBS, Springfield, MA. (1978) 80 minutes.
“SEABROOK 1977 is an invaluable historical document about one of the critical issues of our time.”
—Howard Zinn, Author of A PEOPLES’ HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES