Documentaries by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Judith Ehrlich:
The Mouse That Roared (currently in production)
Whistleblowers rivet the attention of our interconnected world. “The Mouse that Roared” is Ehrlich’s second real life political thriller on whistleblowers, but with an unexpected twist! Icelandic member of Parliament and “hacktivist” Birgitta Jónsdóttir, producer of WikiLeaks’ infamous “Collateral Murder” video, is on a mission to challenge the 21st-century surveillance state in spite of threats to her freedom and with her Autistic son in tow. Birgitta is a poet, Buddhist, single mother of three, Internet pioneer, founder of Iceland’s Pirate Party and Free Tibet movement. Björk played in her mother’s band. She sold Kirby vacuums in New Jersey before being elected for her role in toppling the Icelandic government and jailing its ‘banksters.’ Our documentary follows Birgitta as she fearlessly pursues a dream of her tiny island nation as the New Media Haven where global whistleblowers safely leak their information, journalists publish freely and world citizens enjoy respite from surveillance.
The Boys Who Said No (currently in production)
“The Boys who Said NO!” tells the story of the young men, subject to our nation’s last draft, who for reasons of conscience burned their draft cards in protest and chose prison over killing during the Vietnam war. It chronicles “The Resistance” an anti-draft movement based on Gandhi’s teachings of nonviolent direct action and the couple who most publicly embodied its principles, Joan Baez and David Harris. Baez, the iconic voice of the anti-war movement, married Harris, leader of “The Resistance” shortly before he was sentenced to three years in prison for publicly refusing to be drafted. The men and women dedicated to using civil disobedience to oppose conscription continued to organize and formed the vanguard of a mass anti-war movement. More>>
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (released)
“The Most Dangerous Man in America” is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of classified documents, decides to challenge an “Imperial” Presidency-answerable to neither Congress, the press, nor the people-in order to help end the Vietnam War.
Nominated for the Oscar and Primetime Emmy, winner of the Peabody Award, all worldwide history film awards and 12 film festival awards for Best Documentary including the Special Jury Prize at IDFA. More>>
The Good War and those who refused to fight it (released)
“THE GOOD WAR And Those Who Refused To Fight It” sheds light on a previously ignored part of the World War II saga – the story of American conscientious objectors who refused to fight “the good war.” It is a story of personal courage, idealism and nonconformity based on both ethical and religious beliefs – about men whose love of country could not extend to killing their fellow man. More>>
The Invisible Man: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling
On May 11, 2015 former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. Risen later exposed how the risky operation could have actually aided the Iranian nuclear program. In January, Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts, including espionage. He becomes the latest government employee jailed by the Obama administration for leaking information. Sterling filed a racial discrimination suit against the CIA before 9/11 and has been targeted by the agency since that time.
Since he was indicted four years ago, Jeffrey Sterling’s voice had never been heard by the public. Judith Ehrlich interviewed Jeffrey and Holly Sterling in their home near Ferguson, Missouri. This exclusive report was produced in collaboration with Norman Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy, RootsAction.org and ExposeFacts.org.
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