We Are Many

Amir Amirani’s film We Are Many was in the research and making for more than nine years. Addressing the illegality of the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent undermining of democratic processes, it sets alongside the power of public protest and mass mobilisations of the anti-Iraq war movement – a movement that was to inspire the Egyptian uprising of 2011. A movement of more than 15 million people, in 800 cities, in 70 countries who marched to protest the imminent invasion of Iraq.

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TPFF was the first film funder in late 2010; was a lead partner on a Kick-starter campaign that raised $92k for the production costs and worked with Amir throughout the fundraising, production, editing and NGO out­reach period.

The UK Release on May 21st saw 82 cinema sites around the country take part in the Q+A, hosted by Jon Snow, with panel including Damon Albarn, Greg Wise, Amir Amirani, Philippe Sands QC, Lindsey German and Omid Djalili; 4* reviews across the board.

There were 162,000 views of trailer on YouTube and significant press (offline and online) and public debate generat­ed about the power of protest in general and the peace movement in particular through the lens of Iraq. It overturned misconceptions of failure by ar­guing that the peace movement remains a vital actor on the issue of UK foreign policy-making, re-energising the peace movement through the sharing of their story.

Radio Times “Rousing and moving, it’s a film that should be seen by the many”

About the film

We Are Many is the never-before-told story of the largest demonstration in human history, and how the movement created by a small band of activists changed the world.  On February 15th, 2003, up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before in their lives, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. The New York Times called this movement the “Second Superpower”. How did this day come about? Who organized it?

And was it, as many people claimed, a total failure?  This is not quite the story we all assumed it to be.  The film has testimony from a first class list of interviewees including John Le Carre, Danny Glover, Brian Eno,  Medea Benjamin, Jesse Jackson,  Tariq Ali, Noam Chomsky,   Mark Rylance, Damon Albarn, Leslie Cagan, Tony Benn, Lindsay German, Ken Loach, Hans Blix.

“The global protest against the Iraq War on 15 February 2003 was a pivotal moment in recent history, the consequences of which have gone unreported. Amir Amirani’s We Are Many chronicles the struggle to shift power from the old establishment to the new superpower that is global public opinion, through the prism of one historic day. I urge you to support this film in whatever way you can.”

– Oliver Stone

Spread the word, see the film and learn more about the issue

The We Are Many website will be a resource on many levels – from story sharing to learning more about how to get involved with some of the many issues raised in the film. We at Tipping Point are also working on our in-house developed campaign focussed on runaway military spending, developed alongside our work on the film.

We hope the film can raise debate on many inter-connected issues that the Iraq War has raised, and will continue to raise – from the value of protest to political accountability; from the costs of war to the bringing of charges of war crimes to those who took us into this disastrous conflict.

 “A work of beautiful rage. Provokes anger and goosebumps” ★★★★☆
Empire

“consistently intelligent and nuanced”
Variety

“incredibly ambitious… gripping. The only film I’ve ever watched where the audience started clapping halfway through…”  ★★★★★
Huffington Post

“rousing and moving, it’s a film that should be seen by the many” ★★★★☆
Radio Times

“A very valuable film” ★★★★☆
Guardian

Book your tickets here.

WE ARE MANY will be available on iTunes from July 18th and DVD from August 1st. It has been acquired by UNIVERSAL PICTURES for worldwide distribution (excluding North America). Planning is now underway for the theatrical release of the film in the USA.

Links

Website http://wearemany.com/

Trailer: https://youtu.be/yOpa8y2TIy8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearemanymovie

Twitter: @WeAreManyMovie

Festivals

We Are Many’ premiere screening takes Sheffield Doc/Fest by storm. The reception for Amir’s film about the world’s largest protest – the anti-Iraq invasion protests of 2003 – was incredible, getting a standing ovation from the audience, much feedback on twitter and some brilliant reviews.

Press

Guardian: We Are Many review – a necessary reminder of a gigantic scandal ★★★★☆

Guardian Live: “the one-to-watch doc from the new Michael Moore on the block”

Radio Times: “A valuable tribute to protest, it’s a film that should be seen by the many” ★★★★☆

Empire: A work of beautiful rage ★★★★☆

Time Out: This impressive doc pieces together the story of the biggest global protest in history ★★★★☆

Financial Times: The worldwide 2003 protests against the Iraq war are recalled in this documentary ★★★★☆

The Huffington Post UK: ‘We Are Many’ Film Review – A Tireless Look At Events Leading To And From Stop The War March 2003 ★★★★★

Jewish Chronicle: Celebrating a global wave of morality ★★★★☆

Daily Mail: Day when millions marched for peace: We Are Many is a brilliant documentary ★★★★☆

Close-Up Film: Yes, it’s an anti-war film, but it’s much more than that, We Are Many is a statement of our times ★★★★☆

CamdenReview: We are Many. Directed by Amir Amirani ★★★★☆

HuffPost Entertainment: ‘We Are Many’ Director Amir Amirani Reveals 8-Year Journey From Anti-War March To Standing Ovation

The Star: Sheffield Doc/Fest Best of Fest

Grolsch Film Works: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: We Are Many ★★★★☆

Screen Daily: Review – We Are Many

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘We Are Many’: Sheffield Review

The Observer: Stars invoke the spirit of 2003 Iraq war demo in new film

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