Every War Has Two Losers
(30 minutes) USA
Director/Producer: Haydn Reiss
Every War Has Two Losers is based on the journals of William Stafford, a conscientious objector in World War II and National Book Awardwinner. Despite being told that war is inevitable, Stafford disagreed. He saw war as a choice––a human choice––and only one of the ways nations can respond to conflict. Using Stafford’s eloquent poetry and prose, the film invites the viewer to reflect on their own ideas regarding war and how individual witness can contribute to a more peaceful world. “Are there other ways?” asked Stafford. What were the possibilities reconciliation offered by seeking a greater understanding between nations? Bill Stafford wrestled with these questions in his writing and in his life, believing another way was possible.
Director Haydn Reiss has been producing documentaries for nearly twenty years beginning with William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship in 1994. His award-winning film Rumi: Poet of the Heart was broadcast on PBS and in festivals around the world. His work centers on individuals and organizations working on the front lines of education, culture, human rights and health.
Web site: www.everywar.com