Detail

Title ID 5104Collection ID722
TitleWe Are Many
DateOctober 1983
CollectionH.K Lewenhak
Genre/TypeProfessionalInstitutionalNon-fiction
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsPolitical Demonstrations Political Movements Family Performing Arts Parks Urban Areas
Location
LocalLondon Tokyo Stockholm Copenhagen San Francisco Moscow
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom Asia North and Central America Europe
Credits
ProductionH. K. Lewenhak
Commissioning bodyACTT/BECTU Peace & Environment Committee and CND [?]
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration7 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

A portrait of the 1983 peace protests against nuclear missiles staged in cities across Europe and the world, produced by H. K. Lewenhak. Banners, voices and titles are in English and several other languages.

Description

Black and white photographs of protests and marches for peace and nuclear disarmament in London, Tokyo, Stockholm, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Rome, the Hague, San Francisco and Moscow open the film. Voices speak, in German, Russian, English, Japanese, French and Swedish, while electronic music plays. The title "We Are Many" is seen, translated into several languages. A group of men stand silently holding candles and a sign reading "Stille Nache Wakker, met het oog op morgen," loosely translated as "Silent Night Awake, in view of tomorrow." Groups of protesters hold hands. "We are many, they are few." is heard, repeated in several languages. Anti-Nixon banners are seen, as are images and floats of missiles, and protesters dressed as monks. Slogans on banners include "Pax Amerika", "Mouvement de la Paix", "young Quakers for peace", "No to all nuclear weapons anywhere" and "I want to grow up not blow up." A police car leads protesters across Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House is in view behind. The protests are seen from elevated positions and at street level. Protesters fill a large square and a park, where a band plays on a stage to a vast audience of protesters. Others are seated on the ground of a city square. A protester's sign reads "security if not 30,000 nuclear weapons, ask the kids." The film closes with animated titles of an image of a couple sitting together on a bench after the protest, reading "The cast and makers of this film are everywhere people just like you."

Contextual information

An estimated three million people took part in protests against nuclear missiles on October 22, 1983. Major cities across Europe staged protests, including large protests in the Hague, West Germany, and London, making it the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's biggest every protest. Protests also took place in Rome, Paris, Madrid and Brussels to show a lack of support for the movement of Cruise and Pershing 2 missiles to sites across Europe and the US. The CND was formed in 1958 during the Cold War and the "Ban the Bomb" movement, regaining popularity in the early 1980s. The first Aldermaston March, organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, took place in 1958.

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See also Change Direction (1992) and The Making of the Film: March to Aldermaston (1998), for further films produced by Lewenhak in support the CND and international anti-nuclear protests.