Special Screenings
Traveling Festival


Soldiers of Conscience
(86 minutes) Iraq/USA
Directors/Producers: Gary Weimberg, Catherine Ryan

What does it take to kill for one's country? War is fought one bullet, one rifle, one soldier at a time. Soldiers of Conscience, a powerful documentary narrated by Peter Coyote, looks at what it takes to enable soldiers to kill, and what it takes for some soldiers to refuse to kill. From West Point grads to drill sergeants, from Abu Ghraib interrogators to low ranking reservist-mechanics, soldiers in the US Army today reveal their deepest moral concerns about what they are asked to do in war. Their message: every soldier wrestles with his conscience over killing. Although most decide to kill, some refuse. Soldiers of Conscience reveals that far more soldiers refuse to kill than we might expect. The film includes never before seen footage of basic training and the war in Iraq, with an original soundtrack from an Academy Award winner and composer. Soldiers of Conscience is a realistic yet optimistic look at war, peace and the power of the human conscience.

Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg have spent the last two decades making award-winning documentaries as editors, directors and producers. These are some of the awarded films they worked on: The Story of Fathers and Sons, The Story of Mothers and Daughters, The Double Life of Ernesto Gómez-Gómez, Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob, Maria's Story, and Ballets Russes. Their awards include two national primetime Emmy Awards and a Director's Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Documentary Director as well as nominations for Academy Awards. Their films have been broadcast and seen at film festivals around the world, winning more than ten "Best Documentary in festival" awards.

Contact information:
Catherine Ryan
Luna Productions
1210 Masonic Ave., #4
Berkeley, CA 94706
E-mail: lunaprods@earthlink.net
Web site: www.socfilm.com
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