WAR/PEACE - ONE GOAL, TWO DIRECTIONS

By Inderjit KHALSA

KHALSA PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Production 2014

In early ‘70s two groups of young women were fighting for human rights. One faced the goal with anger and hate bringing the war home, and the other group with love.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Second film, Historical
    • Countries
    • USA, FINLAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Inderjit KHALSA
    • Writer(s)
    • Inderjit KHALSA
    • Producer(s)
    • Essi HAUKKAMAA (Greenlit Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • It was noon on a sunny Manhattan Friday, when the air had a rare clarity and just a tangy breath of spring. The sheer force of the first blast rocked like an earthquake, splintered windows across the street, blew through the living room wall and left No.18 itself a collapsing inferno. In the debris they found the headless body of a young woman, missing both hands and a foot and riddled with roofing nails as though struck by a sadistic shotgun burst. From a little finger found in the clutter of bricks and timbers, they identified the body as Diana Oughton (28), a radical.’
      –LIFE magazine 13.4.1970
      In 1970 two young women Cathy Wilkerson and Kathy Boudin survived from the collapsing townhouse while their friends Diana Oughton, Ted Gold and Terry Robbins died under the debris. These young people were making homemade bombs in the basement. They were planning to make an attack on a non-commissioned officers dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey that night. The war in Vietnam was a long time over due, and their plan was to bring the war home. There had been several bombings all over the US by then, but this incident got entire nation on alert. Nixon as a president was loosing the control. He involved the CIA and FBI and tried to keep the young people quiet by brushing them under the carpet, placing them in prison, or kicking peacemakers as John Lennon and Yoko Ono out of the country.
      Cathy Wilkerson and Kathy Boudin were part of the Weatherman movement. After the accidental explosion they vanished underground. Eventually they reappeared and were sentenced to prison. Later they they both were teachers in the universities in New York. Ms. Boudin had 18 months old son when she got sentenced and went to prison. She stayed locked in until her son was 23 years old. As a filmmaker I'm interested to hear their personal reasons for being involved with the radical movement 45 years ago? Did they feel if they didn’t have a choice back then? What did they learn? Would they do it again?
      At the same time in late ‘60s there were another group of young people who met a turban headed Indian yogi in Woodstock. The yogi collected an army for him and taught them to breath. He helped them live without drugs. He taught his students not to fight but to get involved. He himself became close friends with the senators, meeting with presidents and high leaders of the country. He taught his students to be examples, to change the system from within. Also on the peace side of the movement, John Lennon and Yoko Ono used their fame for getting people to hear their message of peace.
      The key focus in the film is the women's involvement in the revolution and the motherhood during the era.
    • Partners & financing
    • The Finnish Film Foundation (interested)
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2014
Distribution Country
Release date
Distributor
Rights
Local title
Company Country Roles