Turning Tide: The Robbie Leppzer Collection
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by Robbie Leppzer
twelve films on six DVDs
color/black & white, 451 min, 1978-2007
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Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose works capture the experiences of ordinary people grappling with critical issues of our time, such as war and peace, environmental protection, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. His film, video, and public radio works remain a valuable historical record of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and encapsulate the experience of grassroots activism from a cross-section of races, religions, and ages.
Feature Length Films
An Act of Conscience (90 min, 1997) watch a preview
How far are you willing to go to stand up for your deepest beliefs? For Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner, their life-long commitment to pacifism led them to risk losing their home. For fourteen years, they publicly refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. As a consequence, their home was seized by U.S. marshals and IRS agents.
The Peace Patriots (78 min, 2005) watch a preview
This film is an intimate portrait of American dissenters reflecting on their personal participation as engaged citizens in a time of war. The Peace Patriots chronicles the early protests against the U.S. invasion and military occupation of Iraq as seen through a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 14 to 75, including teenagers, college students, war veterans, teachers, clergy, and community activists, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins.
Seabrook 1977 (80 min, 1978) watch a preview
In April 1977, the small coastal town of Seabrook, New Hampshire became an international symbol in the battle over atomic energy. Concerned about the dangers of potential radioactive accidents, over 2,000 members of the Clamshell Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups, attempted to block construction of a nuclear power plant through a civil disobedience protest.
Collected Short Films
Across the Americas: Indigenous Perspectives (45 min, 1992/1993)
Indigenous people from North, South, and Central America speak out about their common legacies of survival and contemporary struggles over land, human rights, and the environment.
Building Bridges: Cross Cultural Journeys (66 min, 1985/1994/2007)
In Central America, young athletes and harvest volunteers from the U.S. engage in citizen diplomacy, while in Senegal, an African-American storyteller rediscovers her African roots.
Voices for Peace: Four Films on Grassroots Activism (92 min, 1984/1989/1990)
Four films on grassroots activists from a cross-section of races, religions, and ages as they work together to stop war.