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Soldiers of Conscience

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PBS Premiere: October 16, 2008


When is it right to kill? In the midst of war, is it right to refuse? Eight U.S. soldiers today, some who killed and some who said no, reveal their inner moral dilemmas in Soldiers of Conscience. Made with official permission of the U.S. Army, the film transcends politics to explore the tension between spiritual values and military orders. Soldiers follows the stories of both conscientious objectors and those who criticize them. Through this clash of views, the film discovers a surprising common ground: all soldiers are "soldiers of conscience," torn between the demands of duty and the call of conscience.

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Soldiers of Conscience (90 min.)

Premiere Date: October 16, 2008

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Filmmakers: Gary Weimberg, Catherine Ryan Bio | Interview | Statement

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Gary Weimberg
Gary Weimberg
Catherine Ryan
Catherine Ryan

All too often we point our fingers at nations and presidents and huge institutions as if they are responsible for everything. We believe that is only partly true. Each one of us is also hugely responsible.”

— Gary Weimberg & Catherine Ryan, Filmmakers


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Critical Acclaim

Wonderful... deeply personal... Reminds us that the burdens soldiers and Marines carry in the desert heat are far more complex and long lasting than we can possibly know.”

— Bob Kerr
The Providence Journal

provides fascinating insight into the moral dilemmas posed by military service in Iraq.”

— Bob Burnett
The Huffington Post

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