The Woman Who Said Yes to the Boys Who Said No!- An Interview with Judith Ehrlich

As the war in Vietnam raged, one of the largest and most successful youth-led resistance movements in American history was growing at home.

Hundreds of thousands of young men opposed to an unjust war said NO to being drafted into the military, risking up to five years in federal prison. Their individual courage and collective nonviolent actions helped end a tragic war and the draft.

Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Judith Ehrlich, The Boys Who Said NO! tells for the first time the inspiring story and impact of the draft resistance movement.

Film critic Andrea Chase had a fascinating interview with director Judith Ehrlich on October 24, 2020 about her new movie, The Boys Who Said No!

                                                                                                                Listen here.


The Boys Who Said No! was a sold-out Opening Night selection at the Mill Valley Film Festival and won the “Audience Favorite Documentary Award.”

It is the Closing Night Film at the United Nations Association Film Festival on Sunday, October 25, 2020 and can be viewed from noon to 11:59pm. Virtual tickets can be purchased here.

A “Meet the Filmmakers” discussion of “The Moral Compass” will feature several directors including Judith Ehrlich and Joan Baez, who will receive the UNAFF’s Visionary Award. This virtual panel starts live at 6pm PDT. It can be viewed anytime until 11:59pm. Order your place here, FREE.

And read Andrea’s rave review here.

JUDITH EHRLICH  is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She co-produced and co-directed The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which was nominated for an Academy Award and Primetime Emmy in 2009. The film won the George Foster Peabody Award, screened at thirteen international festivals, opened in over 100 theaters in the US, and was broadcast on eighteen public television networks internationally. Judith also co-produced and directed The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It another ITVS documentary, which tells the story of the men who, guided by principle, took the unpopular position of pacifism during World War II. She is the only filmmaker to twice win the top US awards for history film: the John O’Connor Film History Award, from the American Historical Association, and the Eric Barnouw Award, from the Organization of American Historians. She is currently in production on a new film The Mouse That Roared, the story of the 20th century’s most notorious whistleblower, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic member of Parliament and “hacktivist.” Read more and view a trailer. Visit Judith’s website to find out about her projects.

Andrea Chase has been reviewing movies on radio, television, in print, and via the internet in the San Francisco Bay area for over 20 years. She says, “After moving here from Louisiana many years ago, I received my film education the way nature and the Lumiere Brothers intended–in movie theaters, both the mainstream venues that showcased the latest from La La Land, and the art houses that were more numerous in days gone by. They gave me a thorough grounding in current and classic cinema from all over the world and from the silents to the latest cutting edge Hong Kong flick.”

She is a member of the Women Film Critics Circle, as well as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and has been heard on non-commercial syndicated radio since 1996, and on British Forces Broadcasting throughout the world. Currently, she is the Movie Chick on KGO-Radio’s Maureen Langan show,  her series, Behind the Scenes, is part of with over 350 episodes, and she contribute reviews to The New Fillmore.  Both Rotten Tomatoes and the MRQE link to her site,, making the world safe for film lovers since 2002 with reviews and interviews. She recently reviewed The Artist’s Wife for EDF.

                                                                                     More clips can be found on Vimeo and YouTube.

Women burning the draft cards of their husbands and sons during an anti-war protest in 1968.           Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images


World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali and Dr. King, just after
Ali refuses induction into the military, Houston. April 28, 1967

Bob Eaton being carried out of his coffeehouse sanctuary, 1969. He is later sentenced
to three years in federal prison.


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