On February 15 2003, millions and millions of people, in over 800 cities across all seven continents, marched against the impending invasion of Iraq. It was the largest mobilization of people in human history and yet it remains an untold, little-known story.
‘We Are Many’ tells the story of that single day and explores its meaning. At its heart is the drama of many millions of everyday people fighting to stop a war, set against a small number of people working to start one. The film follows the twists and turns of these opposing forces, both as the facts were known then, and what has come to light since the invasion in leaks, inquiries, and high-level hearings.
The film chronicles for the first time the rise of a new kind of movement, from those who built and participated in it, as well as those who opposed it. It is an untold chapter in the history of people power, by turns uplifting and chilling, which reveals the potential power of ordinary people as well as the dark underbelly of the war machine.
This powerful, riveting story of the greatest mass mobilization in history is also a devastating critique of the state of democracy today.
We Are Many will be more than a remarkable collective story of humanity – it will be a contribution given back to the movement against war. It will reunite, both physically through networking on the website, and in spirit through the film, the people who took part on 15 February 2003.
Together, the film and website will support and promote the ever growing public vigilance around the world against present and future wars.
15 February, 2003
On February 15, 2003, millions of ordinary citizens in over 800 cities around the world poured into the streets to protest against the rush towards the invasion of Iraq.
According to BBC News, 6 to 10 million people took part in protests in up to 60 countries, on every continent, over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of February 2003. Other reports estimated the actual number was closer to 30 million. Protesters from Tasmania to Iceland, New York to Sydney, and London to Rome, marched against the impending war in Iraq. Even at the McMurdo base in Antarctica, more than 50 scientists staged a half-hour rally.
It has been described as "the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen.” This film will unveil the drama, emotion, magnitude and testimonies of a historic day.