WCAX-TV, Burlington, Vermont - June 15, 2007
A new documentary chronicles the origin and performances of a worldwide anti-war protest co-founded by a Vermont woman.
The Lysistrata Project was a reading of an ancient Greek play about women trying to stop men from fighting the Peloponnesian War. It was performed in Burlington and more than a thousand cities worldwide on March 3, 2003, just weeks before the start of the war in Iraq.
A film crew documented the project. It was screened in Burlington Friday night.
"Thousands and thousands of people have been injured and killed and had their lives ruined by this tragic event and a lot of people feel like they didn't have power to influence something like that," explained Lysistrata Project co-founder Kathryn Blume. "While we didn't stop the war, we activated people all over the world by the reading of a play. I would hope that by seeing this, people would regain a little bit of hope."
The film is still being finalized, but will soon be available online.
Kate Duffy - WCAX News