The Boys Who Said NO! (film)
The film features young men[clarification needed] who publicly refused to be drafted, risking up to 5 years in federal prison, as a means of opposing a war they believed was unnecessary and unjust. Among them was world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who refused induction, risking his boxing career. The film also includes women and men who supported the draft resistance movement, including folksinger Joan Baez who married resister David Harris, civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, and baby doctor Benjamin Spock.
The film illustrates how the draft resistance movement was influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and its nonviolent tactics to oppose the war. Featured in the film Cleveland Sellers, co-founder of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an early draft resister who spent time in federal prison.
The film was initiated and produced by Christopher Colorado Jones and Bill Prince. The film is directed by Judith Ehrlich, Oscar-nominated for the film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.
The film will have its U.S. premiere on October 8 in the Mill Valley Film Festival.