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The Boys Who Said NO! - Draft Resistance and the Vietnam War

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Available until

Jan 01, 2025

Available in

United States of America, Canada

Brought to you by

Bullfrog Films

About the film

THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is the first documentary film to profile the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. The film shows how 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.




1h 35m




Judith Ehrlich


Bill Prince, Judith Ehrlich, Christopher Jones

Executive Producer

Clara Bingham, Robert Estrin, Alan Gould, Robert Levering, Carolyn Leone Levering, Robert Weissbourd, Marie Weissbourd, Bob Zaugh


Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich


Joan Baez, David Harris

Awards & recognition

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Supreme Jury Prize for Feature Documentary

Mill Valley Film Festival

Audience Award

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Audience Award

Socially Relevant Film Festival

Best Documentary Feature

United Nations Association Film Festival

Official Selection

What people are saying

Enlightening and absorbing... a film that speaks to the present as eloquently and as urgently to its audience as the resistors did to their audiences 50 years ago. The Boys Who Said No! is too important a film to be missed.

Andrea Chase 


This inspiring and long-overdue documentary explores a decisive era in recent American history... an excellent service in memorializing this enduring portrait of America during an earlier time of momentous inner conflict.

Emily S. Mendel

Culture Vulture

Some films are too important not to see. The Boys Who Said NO! is one of those films.There are many different kinds of courage. Having moral and social courage to stand up for what one believes in is perhaps one of the most courageous things anyone can do. Watch The Boys Who Said NO! to educate yourself on an important part of American history and watch it to renew your faith in the belief that your voice also has the power to make a lasting difference.


Documentary Drive

Shows how bravery and courage are contagious. As this feature presents, it's when one steps out of the pages of history that people can pave a way for real change. Successful resistance doesn't have to be violent, and social change can start from the smallest of acts. An interesting, thought-provoking and ultimately challenging film, The Boys Who Said NO! is not to be missed.

Joel Kalkopf


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