Shepherd's Bush Vue to Host Premiere of We Are Many

Followed by live satellite Q&A about legacy of protest in 2003

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Shepherd's Bush Vue in the West12 Centre is among cinemas around the country screening the premiere of We Are Many, the story of the biggest protest in history, on May 21.

On February 15 2003, 30 million people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world. The feature film debut of acclaimed documentary-maker Amir Amirani, We Are Many is the untold story of the protest, and how it changed the world.

The screening at 8pm on Thursday May  21 will be followed by by a live satellite Q&A and panel discussion, looking at the global movement's impact and legacy 12 years on. Journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow will host the discussion with guests including the film’s director Amir Amirani, executive producer and comedian Omid Djalili, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition Lindsey German and professor of international law at UCL Philippe Sands (more guests to be confirmed soon).

Sam Oxby, Co-ordinator for Richmond Stop The War Coalition says: " I marched with my sister that day who flew in from Spain to go on the march with me! All of my siblings and my nephews were on it too. The youngest was 5 years old at the time. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. This film is a great tribute to mass protest and I think it will encourage more people to get involved."

We Are Many director, Amir Amirani says: : " On a cold February day in 2003, I was in Germany for the Berlin Film Festival. I found myself on the streets, marching with 500,000 people against the Iraq War. Like many others, it was the first time I’d demonstrated about anything.

" On returning home, friends told me of the amazing day in London, where the crowd was two million strong. The Guardian later said that up to 30 million people might have marched worldwide. This was my light-bulb moment.

" I realised that it didn’t matter where you marched - there was even a demonstration in Antarctica - the important thing was that you took part. I felt that day, 15 February 2003, heralded something, a new phenomenon that went to the heart of the public’s relationship with politics and each other. I also realised that something like that does not just happen. There was a story to be told."

Filmed across all seven continents over nine years, We Are Many reveals the true story of the people power movements now sweeping the world, from opposition to the Iraq War, to the Arab Spring and Syria.

In a series of interviews with prominent figures from the anti-war community, as well as astonishingly frank inside accounts from those who launched the war, We Are Many captures the shockwaves of public opinion – dubbed "The Second Superpower" by the New York Times.

Featuring rare and never-before-seen footage, the cast of contributors includes Damon Albarn, the late Tony Benn, Hans Blix, Richard Branson John le Carré, Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno, Lindsey German, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Ken Loach and Mark Rylance.

Find out more about the screening and book tickets here.

We Are Many will be released in cinemas nationwide from May 22.

May 19, 2015


May 19, 2015