On 15 February 2003, 30 million people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world in a coordinated protest against the impending invasion of Iraq. It was the biggest protest in history and ushered in a new age of globalised popular protest whose subsequent development over the years that followed has been closely bound up with the emerging communication revolution of the internet and social media.
The feature film debut of acclaimed documentary maker Amir Amirani, We Are Many is the untold story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world, leading the New York Times to dub this new era of mass popular dissent as “the second superpower”.
A wave of grassroots popular activism has continued to make headlines, from the Occupy movement’s response to the financial crash and the austerity policies which followed it, to the revolutionary protests that began in 2010 across North Africa and the Middle East which led to the fall of a string of regimes and became known in the West as the “Arab Spring”. By 2015, rulers had been forced from power in Libya, Egypt (twice), Yemen and Tunisia by these uprisings. This new force of organised dissent can perhaps be considered both as a product of and a reaction to a globalised world, a “globalisation of conscience” rather than commerce.
Filmed across all seven continents over a period of nine years, We Are Many reveals the true story of the people power movements now sweeping the world.
In a series of captivating interviews with prominent figures from the anti-war community, as well as astonishingly frank inside accounts from those who launched the Iraq war, We Are Many captures the shockwaves of public opinion. Featuring rare and never-before-seen footage, the contributors sharing their accounts of that day of action and its long-reverberating consquences include the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, the late politician and anti-war campaigner Tony Benn, musicians and activists Damon Albarn, and Brian Eno, as well as Richard Branson, John le Carré, Noam Chomsky, Lindsey German, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Ken Loach and Mark Rylance.
The film was produced by Omid Djalili, Pippa Harris (BAFTA-nominated producer of Jarhead and Revolutionary Road), Waël Kabbani, Callum McDougall and Signe Byrge Sørensen (BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for The Act of Killing).
We Are Many, will be on UK nationwide release from 22 May.
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