Amir Amirani’s film We Are Many was in the research and making for more than nine years. It addresses the illegality of the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent undermining of democratic processes, set 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.
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.
Costs of War
The film also addresses the immense human and financial cost of the Iraq invasion – a toll that continues to rise to the present day, on both fronts, as lives continue to be lost and the financial burden continues to be felt.
Between October 2001 and September 2012, the human toll has been (conservatively) estimated at: (Source: Costs of War Project)
- 313,000 lives lost – civilians, soldiers, humanitarian workers.
132,000 are Iraqi civilians; 17,400 Afghan civilians; 43,000 Pakistani civilians; 9,500 US military and contractors.
- Approximately 7,815,000 internally displaced people (Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan).
And the financial cost?
- To the USA: Even the conservative estimate put the economic cost of the Iraq War to be at least $2 trillion (£1.2 trillion). Taking the Afghanistan War and many other hidden costs into account, the total costs of wars to update is estimated to be $6 trillion (£3.6 trillion) and counting.
- To the UK: Whitehall figures released in June 2010 put the combined costs of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts at £20.34bn. However the £20.34billion total does not include the salaries of soldiers or paying for their long-term injuries and mental health care. The UK has funded its part in the conflict from the Treasury Reserve Fund which is extra money on top of the £35 billion annual defence budget.
‘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.
“A work of beautiful rage. Provokes anger and goosebumps”
“consistently intelligent and nuanced”
“incredibly ambitious… gripping. The only film I’ve ever watched where the audience started clapping halfway through…” ★★★★★
“rousing and moving, it’s a film that should be seen by the many” ★★★★☆
The Huffington Post UK: ‘We Are Many’ Film Review – A Tireless Look At Events Leading To And From Stop The War March 2003 ★★★★★
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