Peace Stories (Film)

Peace Stories

  •  Anne Lewis
  •  1991
  • Color IconColor
  •  27:41
  •  3/4" U-matic video
Film Description
In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war experiences. William Farmer, a WWI veteran from North Carolina, describes the trench warfare and killing that took place after armstice. Connie Bowling was recruited by the Department of Defense during WWII to train cyclonium operators in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where they were secretly making the enriched uranium that went into the first atomic bomb. Bowling recalls the reaction at the plant when the news came that the bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima and his own feelings of having particpated in mass destruction. Jack Wright, a Vietnam veteran from southwest Virginia, talks about his feelings of responsibility for the death of a prisoner of war and how difficult it has been for him to recover. Peace Stories puts the study of war into a human context as it graphically illustrates the impact of war on the ordinary people who carry out the decisions of presidents and generals.

Screenings & Festivals
  • EarthPeace International Film Festival
  • Kentucky Educational Television
  • WSWP Beckley WV

Reviews

"An extremely engaging, moving videotape, it speaks eloquently against war without ever uttering the cliches of the peace movement. As three veterans recount their experiences, they remind us boldly of the horror and foolishness of war … A simple credibility that is both challenging and disarming." — Appalachian Office of Justice and Peace, Catholic Diocese of Richmond
"The strength of this program is in the words of the three veterans as they movingly tell how they came to question war." — Radford University