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Film Screening: THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!
Film Screening: THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!

Fri, Jul 21


San Juan Island Library

Film Screening: THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!

The first documentary film to profile the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft to end the Vietnam War.

Time & Location

Jul 21, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA

About the event

Join us for a FREE screening of the documentary film "The Boys Who Said NO!" at the San Juan Island Library on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 pm. Director Judith Ehrlich will be joining us via live stream following the film for a Q&A.

This award-winning film is sponsored by San Juan Business Park. For those who can’t attend in person, the movie will be live-streamed free. The film will begin promptly at 7:00 pm PDT on  No RSVPs or tickets are required.


The Boys Who Said NO!

Director: Judith Ehrlich

Runner-up: TALES FROM THE HEART category at the 2022 Friday Harbor Film Festival

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2021 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Director Judith Ehrlich will be joining via live stream for a Q&A following the screening.

The Boys Who Said No! is the first documentary film to profile the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft to end the Vietnam War. Their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, resistance to the American war in Vietnam grew substantially. Hundreds of thousands of draft-age men refused to cooperate with the draft. Tens of thousands emigrated to Canada and other countries. American soldiers in Vietnam increasingly refused to follow orders, risking court martial and prison for organizing inside the military. Claims for conscientious objector status soared to unprecedented levels. Millions marched against the war. This account of nonviolent resistance an important example for today's movements for social justice and peace.

Released in 2021

Running time: 95 minutes

Sponsor: San Juan Business Park



Judith Ehrlich

Judith Ehrlich is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and producer. She is known for co-directing The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009), which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 82nd Academy Awards. Before her career in filmmaking, she was a teacher and curriculum developer. She researched American history with a focus on pacifism when employed by National Public Radio. When she began making The Good War and Those Who Fought It, this research informed her as she focused on conscientious objectors during World War II. Once completed, it was broadcast on PBS in 2002. Her most recent film, The Boys Who Said NO! is playing at Friday Harbor Film Festival.

The Best of the Fest series of free, year-round monthly screenings is sponsored by SaviBank.  See you at the movies!


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