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Paying the Price For Peace:
    The Story of S. Brian Willson

  Endorsements & Praise

“S. Brian Willson has paid the Price For Peace in lifelong regular installments and his commitment assures us that truly one heart with courage is a majority.” -
Martin Sheen: Actor & Activist.

“I love Brian. And I love this film. I wish that every American, interested in truth, could see it. Since his time in Vietnam, Brian’s life has been about revealing the dark side of US foreign policy. This very important film, which includes many of Brian’s friends in the anti-war movement, also talks about how U.S. militarism is one of the biggest contributors to Global Warming.”
- Daniel Ellsberg
Author, Activist & former Military Analyst with the Rand Corporation, who revealed The Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971.

“After viewing PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE, I cannot remember a film that has touched me so deeply, that resonates so intensely with the power of commitment, love and sacrifice. I have come to know the life and work of S. Brian Willson through his great book BLOOD ON THE TRACKS as well as a few personal meetings over the years. The film dramatizes his extraordinary life and work in new ways, assembling the voices and experiences of so many who have been impacted by his incredible journey. Willson’s presence on the American scene has been nothing short of transformative. As an author of several books on the destructive impact of United states militarism, I have found dozens of invaluable sources on the topic, but none more so than this film and the book that so powerfully capture Brian’s unique contributions to the struggle for peace and justice. As a veteran myself (though fortunately not in any war) and someone raised in a military family, I especially value his truth-telling about a system that is anything but virtuous or peaceful. There is a fierce and direct honesty about the way he describes the terrible costs and consequences of the military machine throughout U.S. history. As someone engaged in antiwar work since the 1960’s, I see in Brian’s life-story, an enduring inspiration for those of us struggling to end the long U.S. addition to war and finally, to dismantle a warfare state that threatens the survival of every living thing on the planet. Never has a film been more urgently needed.”
- Carl Boggs, Ph.D.,
Professor of Social Sciences at National University LA, author of several books on US military & foreign policy, including: “The Crimes of Empire,”, “The Hollywood War Machine,” & “Origins of the Warfare State”

“S. Brian Willson is an international hero revered for his lifelong, unrelenting refusal to accept any apology for the US empire and its murderous military machine. This documentary should be seen by everyone, particularly the younger generation who may not yet be familiar with Willson’s life and his challenge to every US resident to take responsibility to end the US militaristic madness.”
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Historian & Author of numerous works, including: “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States,” “Loaded: The Disarming History of the Second Amendment”, “Roots of Resistance: Land Tenure in New Mexico”

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE” is truly an important and essential work of history and art. It is so much greater than a biographical documentary of Brian Willson, although it triumphs in its telling of Brian's story. And it is much more than a terrifically put together and well edited visual narrative and history, which it certainly is. For these reasons alone, it is a film worth watching: gripping, inspiring and powerful in its retelling of Brian's life before and during the Vietnam War and his commitment to peace and justice and especially his sacrifice after Vietnam. It is the history of the peace movement after the Vietnam War, especially in the 1980s. And for those of us who were children during that time, this is the sacred history of those who have come before us. Stories of men and women who accompanied Brian in his peace work are plentiful in the film and they provide a rich accounting and record of the acts of many who bodily, intellectually and spiritually opposed the madness of the militarism of the Reagan years; a madness that goes on. To say I learned a tremendous amount is an understatement. If there is required viewing for those of my generation and younger, so that we can know, acknowledge, respect and follow those who have come before us in the Peace and Justice Movement, it is "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE". Invest the time in watching it. You will have a wonderfully rewarding experience.”
-Matthew Hoh
Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy, Marine and State Department veteran of Iraq and Afghan wars

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is perhaps the most compelling film I have watched in my life. I have seen it several times now. Each time I capture more and more gems falling from S. Brian Willson's mouth, as well as from the numerous other individuals featured in the movie. The film is about waking up. Brian Willson reveals how he “did everything right and it was all wrong”. Essentially, he came to understand how he and the public, had been fed a pack of lies regarding patriotism and the U.S involvement in the Vietnam war, as well as other areas of conflict, in particular Central America. The film exposes what happens when you stand up to power. Expect strong resistance and stronger repercussions when you dare to question the status quo, bear witness and take action by speaking up, doing civil disobedience and exposing the egregious lies, deceptions and cover-ups put forth by the power structure. They will go to all lengths to suppress and destroy people powered movements. However, as we begin to unearth and face our willful ignorance and see things as they really are, something magnificent happens. There is no turning back. We are inspired to take action because it is the right thing to do. I was impressed that Brian Willson is very forgiving despite the travails he has endured. He understands that people who mean well have been misled throughout their lives and does not judge. At the same time, he does not give up and continues to live his life as a socially responsible person, paving the way for others as an inspiration to awaken from our trance, get on the side of oppressed and to value the life of each and every person. Please do not assume that this film is outdated or yesterday's news. No! It is more relevant now than ever if we want to live in a world with genuine peace, justice and respect for all.”
- Patricia Todd
Librarian, Anti-War Activist and Animal Rights Activist

“These are very challenging and dangerous times. We need people who can inspire us to resist.  I highly recommend seeing: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson". Brian and the other people in this very important film, show us and lead us in resisting wars being waged by the United States. These illegal and immoral wars have devastated and killed millions of innocent people in the third world.”
- Father Roy Bourgeois
Naval Officer in Vietnam, former Maryknoll Priest and Founder of The School of The Americas Watch.

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE” is the remarkable story of a remarkable man willing to give his life for peace. Brian Willson risked his life for the people of Central America, who were being killed by U.S. bullets and bombs. Brian paid the price for peace with his legs and almost his life. The rest of us are paying the price with our souls.”
- Col. Ann Wright
Retired United States Army Colonel and U.S. State Department Official

“There are few in this world who would unselfishly risk their lives for humanity’s sake. S. Brian Willson is one such individual. He paid an enormous price in an effort to help the innocent civilians of Central America by unmasking the truth about US. foreign policy and militarism. His is a dramatic, inspiring, emotional story of one man’s commitment to resistance and nonviolence.”
-Joan Baez
Singer, Songwriter Musician and long-time social justice activist

“I had the privilege of seeing an early copy of "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE" and then the honor of interviewing Brian Willson on my KPFK public affairs show about the movie and about his life. Now, I've spent over 50-years in the anti-war movement, met and worked with some of the great national leaders in that movement, including many who sacrificed much to win the peace we all sought. But no anti-war movie that I've ever seen and I've seen dozens, and no one single individual that I've ever met, has had a more profound impact of my emotions and my thinking about war and anti-war movements and what it means when one person truly and completely, “puts it all on the line,” than the movie "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE." If you have the good fortune to see this movie, you too, will get to know Brian Willson and through him learn what one extraordinary person can do to inspire others and thereby advance the cause of peace for all human kind.”
- Jim Lafferty
Executive Director of The National Lawyers Guild/LA, Host of "The Lawyers Guild" program on KPFK 90.7 FM Radio


“I recall being in Baghdad with Gulf Peace Team members from Europe, India and Australia, during the 1991 Desert Storm invasion of Iraq. Wanting badly to raise concern, worldwide, for suffering Iraqis who had meant the U.S. people no harm, we listed people we hoped to reach who might eventually join us in the Middle East. Brian Willson topped our list because we knew that communities of people worldwide respected his courage and credibility.  "Paying The Price For Peace" educates audiences about Brian's lifelong commitment to abolish war. The film also introduces a cast of interesting people, kindred spirits with Brian Willson, who believe that nonviolence can and must change the world.”
- Kathy Kelly
Co-Founder of Voices For Creative Nonviolence. Has worked closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.  Author of "Other Lands Have Dreams".

“Brian Willson’s courage, integrity and dedication for peace and justice and to a sustainable society, have been an inspiration to all of those who seek to change the course on which we are lurching towards destruction.

This film should be seen and pondered and its lessons should be taken to heart by those who hope to create a more decent world.”
- Noam Chomsky
Professor Emeritus MIT, Linguist, Public Intellectual and Author of dozens of books on U.S. foreign policy.

“See how courageous, non-violent, civil disobedience to the crimes of war can motivate you to become a more challenging citizen against militarism and corporatism that a People’s Congress can stop.”
- Ralph Nader
Activist, Lawyer, former Presidential candidate and Author of “Breaking Through Power".

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is an extraordinary film. It not only portrays the inspiring dedication of Brian Willson to peace, justice and truth, but it connects his heroic life with the indispensable struggle of many brave people against war and war making, enabling us to feel the suffering that American militarism has brought not only to ourselves, but to many innocent peoples around the world and most poignantly to the peoples of Vietnam, Nicaragua and Iraq.”
- Richard Falk
Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, Author or Co-Author of 20 Books, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights and Chair of The Board of The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

“Brian Willson and I went to Nicaragua in 1988 to witness the Sopoa Peace Summit between the Contras and the Sandinistas. The love and respect shown him by the people there was heartfelt and heartwarming. He had knelt in front of a train in the well publicized protest of the shipment of weapons to be used against the citizens of Nicaragua by the Contras, who were trained and equipped by the United States, who wanted to destabilize the Sandinista Government.  In hospitals full of children and farmers, who had lost limbs because of land mines planted by the Contras, he was obviously and immediately one of them. He done it for them and they loved him for it. Brian’s courage, compassion and commitment to fighting for freedom and justice and human rights is an inspiration to the rest of us and a lesson in how to handle Adjustments in our Plans. Please take the time to watch this amazing film.”
- Kris Kristofferson
Singer, Actor & Songwriter

“The documentary on Brian Willson’s life, “Paying The Price For Peace”, is an important must-see film for anti-war activists and should be required viewing in all social science/ethics classes in colleges and secondary schools nationwide. Acknowledging permanent war is the first step to peace.”
- Peter Phillips PH.D
Professor Political Sociology Sonoma State University, Past President of Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

“What an inspiring movie! From sea to shining sea, our country is filled with gleaming statues of war heroes. This powerful movie is a monument to a peace hero – telling the dramatic story of Brian Willson’s journey from soldier to lifelong activist for peace and justice. And the movie shows that Brian’s brand of heroism is infectious and inspires other heroes.”
- Jeff Cohen
Co-Founder of and Co-Producer of ‘All Governments Lie’

“Brian Willson became a catalyst for one of the longest anti-war demonstrations in the country. His story is a case study of those who put their lives on the line for peace and justice every day. This film will capture the attention of everyone, especially those new to our history of struggle.”
- Barbara Trent
Director/Producer of The Academy Award Winning Film: "The Panama Deception" & "Coverup: Behind The Iran-Contra Affair"

“This film makes crystal clear what is at stake in our relationships with war. Brian Willson shows us the power of love in action as an antidote to the poisons of militarism. Beyond any realm of politics, these are profoundly human and spiritual matters. Paying The Price For Peace takes us to the heart of the imperative to overcome the cruel madness of war.”
- Norman Solomon
Author of "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death", Co-Founder of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and Co-Founder of RootsAction

“I watched PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE and was moved to my core! It touched me so deeply and it also touched on every indiscretion ever perpetrated by this industrial-complex! A powerful, beautifully conceived, masterful film that must have a global audience!”
- Maria Florio
Earthworks Films Inc: Producer of: "Broken Rainbow" (Academy Award Best Documentary Feature) - "Tibet: Cry of The Snow Lion" & Other Films


Paying The Price For Peace” is a moving tribute to one man’s extraordinary courage and conviction. Young people who watch this film will come to understand the sense of moral outrage that made S. Brian Willson and a generation of activist Vietnam veterans, the unwavering heart of the anti-war movement in the United States for the past fifty years. This is a very powerful film.”
- Joel Andreas
Author of "ADDICTED To WAR: Why The U.S. Can't Kick Militarism", "Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class", Professor of Sociology at John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore

“Brian Willson doesn’t just speak truth to power but lives this same truth without regard for the consequences, a true prophet in the classical sense.”
- Jack Ryan
22 year veteran FBI Agent, fired for refusal to investigate Brian as a domestic terrorist suspect, for fasting in protest of US illegal policy in Nicaragua.

“This film: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE" shows what absolute commitment and dedication of one’s life to peace and the absence of killing really means. What an incredible man Brian Willson is!”
- Helen Caldicott, MD
An Australian physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons and military action in general.

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE engages our heart and lifts our spirit.  It is a tale of commitment, courage and leadership.  It describes how political deception makes us accomplices to policies we never knew about or agreed to and underscores the importance of struggle and community. S. Brian Willson has the lead role in the film.  And the story is certainly about him. But it is also about you and me.  What will we do differently because we saw this film?  What will our next steps be?”
- Sabina Virgo
Founding President AFSCME 2620, Community and Climate Organizer/Activist, Writer and Speaker.

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is as powerful as it is important, as inspiring as it is shocking and throws a strong light on an incredible man who suffered so much, yet continued to stand when almost anyone else would have crumbled. It is quite literally awe inspiring.”
- Paul Haggis
Academy Award Winning Writer and Director of "Crash" and Writer of "Million Dollar Baby"

“ADVISORY: This film is not easy to watch. "Paying The Price For Peace" is somber and at times, horrifying. But your fortitude and patience will be rewarded with historical insight and inspiration. "Paying The Price" shows how people who appear to be very ordinary can perform extraordinary, even heroic actions. There are precious nuggets of information here. To me, one of the most valuable is Brian Willson's account of his time as an Air Force Ranger in Vietnam. His job was to assess the "success or failure" of bombing missions in Binh Long Province. Could there be a better witness to the horrors the U.S. inflicted upon the Vietnamese than an officer trained to investigate "the targets" and evaluate the destructive results in military terms? What he saw should have been enough to stop that war instantly. Brian's brief account reveals, in several small fishing villages, the criminal insanity of the entire war. Those five minutes of "Paying The Price" are worth more, in my opinion, than five hours of the Ken Burns/PBS documentary "The Vietnam War". "Paying The Price" goes on to show how Brian and other Vietnam veterans carried the lessons they learned from that war into their opposition to the U.S. wars in Central America and the Middle East. I'm grateful that this film preserves the history of these brave, determined, patriotic Americans.”
- David Clennon
Actor and Agitator

Paying The Price For Peace is a MUST SEE film by everyone who wants peace and an end to all wars.  Brian Willson not only believes that :"Our lives are not worth more and their lives are not worth less," he acts on that belief even risking his life to stop American bombs being shipped to kill people. Millions of people all over the world who have lost loved ones in America’s wars have expressed profound gratitude that Brian Willson and other Americans understand their grief and their suffering and are willing to risk their lives to stop the madness of war. Be prepared to be inspired and challenged to take your next step in creating a world where we can give up the insanity of killing one another and live as brothers and sisters in peace. Together we can end the madness of war!”
- David Hartsough
Author of "WAGING PEACE: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Nonviolent Activist", Founder of: PEACEMAKERS and Co-Founder of: WORLD BEYOND WAR

“The OFFICE OF THE AMERICAS was proud to be participant in the Nuremberg Actions at Concord Naval Weapons Station in California. And today the Nuremberg precedent is more important than ever. We must not obey illegal and immoral orders from anyone including the President of the United States. After the horror of the attack on Brian Willson at that site I was privileged to travel war ravaged Nicaragua with Brian. We flew at tree top level in a worn helicopter to see the devastation of Reagan's illegal and immoral CONTRA WAR.  The people of Nicaragua came out as one to welcome their hero who had PAID THE PRICE FOR PEACE, Brian Willson.”
- Blase Bonpane, Ph.D
Director, Office of the Americas, Host of World Focus, heard on KPFK 90.7 FM

“Brian Willson declared his independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed and every veteran maimed. Brian Willson sat down in order to stand up. For all I have done, Brian Willson shames me to do more, to be better. Thank you Brian. I love you.”
- Cynthia McKinney
Former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia and the Green Party Presidential Candidate in 2008

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is a great film about the life and pure dedication of a great activist. Brian Willson began as an All-American boy. He stayed true to his patriotic upbringing. When faced with the enormous contradictions of the Vietnam War, he told the hard truths about the moral depravity of that war.  From then on, Brian remained determined in speaking truth to power, about US war making in Latin America and beyond. He paid the ultimate price for peace when he sat on the tracks blocking a weapons shipment to Central America. A humble man always, Brian inspires all of us to keep working for peace.”
- Bruce Gagnon
Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space


“Thank you to director Bo Boudart and his team for this very inspiring story of S. Brian Willson. PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE will help future generations to be motivated by his courage and fortitude.”
- Medea Benjamin
Co-Founder of CODEPINK, Co-Founder of Global Exchange and a Life-Long Anti-War Activist

“Brian Willson and the other well-known anti-war activists in "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE" have walked the walk and talked the talk for a long time. This is a monumental film that everyone should see in order to understand the true nature of U.S. foreign policy.”
- Ed Asner
Actor and Activist

“A Hero’s story of courageous sacrifice, dedication, excitement, adventure, commitment and solidarity.”
- David Swanson
Author of "War Is A Lie", "War No More: The Case for Abolition", Founder of World Beyond War

“The story of Brian Willson's life is more than just a remarkable documentary about an extraordinary man. It is proof that human beings can make profound changes in their own values and beliefs if they will only open their eyes. Would that we all could profess the words of Brian: "We are not worth more, they are not worth less."”
- Leah Bolger
Spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired in 2000 at the rank of Commander.  Was elected the first woman President of Veterans For Peace in 2012

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson” calls the question in the title -- what are you and I willing to do to back up our principles with action?  The fight for peace cannot be passive, it must involve moral and physical confrontations and challenges in high visibility struggles. In my case, I organized a militant demonstration against the war in Vietnam, against Harvard University and spent 18 months in prison. When I came out I was even more committed and have continued the struggle including those of prisoners and political prisoners to this day and beyond.  Others are still in prison for their anti-war and Black Liberation heroism and need our help. Brian was badly injured and could have lost his life. He certainly could have felt that he had already paid more than enough price for peace and stopped his anti-war work. But in the film and in his life he is such a vital life force, at peace with his own choices, but never at peace with U.S. imperialism and its War Machine. In the film I learned about Brian and his friends and comrades, such dedicated fighters challenging the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador and elsewhere. I had of course heard of them, but never really grasped their level of discipline, organization, consciousness and commitment. We live in an Empire and too many people today want to talk about "domestic" issues (whatever they are) without daily confronting the abuses of our government against Third World people inside and outside the United States. I and the wonderful, inspiring life of Brian Willson forces that conversation and again calls the question--which is why it's such a great film. I plan to see it again soon!”
- Eric Mann
Director of The Labor/Community Strategy Center, Host of 'Voices From The Frontlines' - a radio program heard on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and streaming on the web at


“As an Army medic in Vietnam, I have often said that Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War. "Paying The Price For Peace" is a primary example of how lying is the essential ingredient of any war. If you do not follow the deceit of the money trail and who profits off of war, you will be forever lost in the rhetoric. One of the most profound statements I have ever read about the Vietnam War, was written by Brian Willson. Brian witnessed four atrocities in Vietnam, after U.S. jets bombed four Vietnamese villages killing hundreds of innocent civilians. When Brian walked into the first village, he looked down at a dead Vietnamese mother holding three dead children who were scorched by napalm and these were his words: "In that moment and it only took a second, I got it." That was the profound lying war in Vietnam and that is why "Paying The Price For Peace" is such a monumental accomplishment in telling the truth.”
- Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam, Veterans For Peace & Photojournalist

“What makes PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE so powerful is hearing the voices of so many veterans, women and men, who know what war is and have had the courage to walk away. They invite us to remember, however much the national "security" state would like us to forget, that every one of us can be brave. Courage (like cowardice) is a habit we can learn by practice. And there’s no better teacher than Brian Willson.”
- Rebecca Gordon
Author of "Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post 9/11 United States"

“"Paying The Price For Peace" is an amazing must see film. Brian Willson has been on an incredible life's journey. As a young conservative Republican, who believed what he was taught in this country, he was drafted into the Air Force in 1966 as an officer and was sent to Vietnam in 1969.  One of his first assignments was to access the success of targets we had bombed. Brian witnessed a fishing village with close to 100 people in it who were all either dead or dying. There were no soldiers and no weapons. Just women, children and a few old men. In the next week he witnessed 4 other villages that had been bombed with the same results. His life was changed forever. When he spoke out to his superiors about what he had seen, he was sent back to the United States. In the 1980's Brian decided to go to Central America to see just what our country was doing there. That led to his involvement with 'Veterans Fast For Life' in 1986 and then blocking trains at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California in 1987, where he was run over by a train carrying weapons to be shipped to Central America and used to kill innocent people. He lost both legs but survived and became much more well known to people in the anti-war movement. This film covers all of these actions so clearly and also includes many other well-known anti-war activists in this country, who are on a similar journey as Brian, which is to reveal the true and brutal nature of US foreign policy. If you care about the human race, please see this film.”
- Frances Fisher
Actress and Activist

“"There are few peace activists who have the dedication of Brian Willson, as there are few activists who inspire me more. I hope Brian’s story can inspire a new generation of activists to fight with all they have for peace, justice, our planet and humanity”. I highly recommend seeing this important and very moving film.”
- Cindy Sheehan
The Peace Mom who set up Camp Crawford asking President George Bush Jr., "What Noble Cause Did Her Son Casey Die For". Casey was killed in Iraq. Hosts Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox an Internet Talk Radio Show

“"At a time when the peace movement is in disarray and at a time when progressives have given the United States a free pass on endless war and drone killings, Brian Willson is an example for the peace movement all over the world. If we are to survive as a species, we will all have to: Pay The Price For Peace.”
- Regis Tremblay
Directed & Produced both: "30 Seconds To Midnight" and "Ghosts of Jeju"

“"Paying The Price For Peace" is a powerful work that all of us can learn from. S. Brian Willson's commitment to the ideals of our democracy is an inspiration to all of us and a great example of a "fearless individual" in pursuit of the truth.”
- Joseph C. Stillman
Producer/Director of: "CITIZEN CLARK: A Life of Principle" - a film about former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark

“This is the true story of S. Brian Willson and thousands of Americans who stood up and protested against U.S. Imperialism, as it committed crimes against humanity in its overt and covert wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Iraq and other countries. A must-see for the younger generation who have been fed lies in the mainstream media about why the U.S. has to invade nations all over the world resulting in millions of deaths and destruction of these countries.”
- Joan Sekler
Director & Producer of: "UNPRECEDENTED: The 2000 Presidential Election" and "Locked Out"

S. Brian Willson is a truly rare and heroic Vietnam veteran who came back from that imperialist war with a clear understanding of its causes and implications for the future. Along with valiant members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and the Veterans for Peace (VFP), he has stayed the course over the past few decades trying to educate Americans to the truth about what Washington has done in Indochina, Central America, and around the world in endless wars that have left millions of people dead, maimed, and displaced. “Paying the Price for Peace” is not simply the story of one man’s life and grievous injury suffered during protests to stop American shipments of arms to kill and maim Nicaraguans in the 1980s. It is also a story of the larger struggle in this nation against the National Security State that lays waste to people and nations abroad, destroys democracy at home, and appropriates trillions in financial resources that could heal this nation and the world. PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is a deeply moving and powerful film. It is not to be missed.”
- John Marciano
Professor Emeritus, SUNY Cortland. A long-time antiwar and trade union activist, he is the author of "The American War In Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?" (2016)

“HEADS UP!  DO NOT MISS THIS FILM: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson". I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS FILM! To quote one of my favorite directors, Paul Haggis. "It is awe inspiring!"

As someone who has participated in actions in the Peace Movement for many years but who was very late to the game by many of my fellow peaceniks' standards - I very much appreciated the massive amount of historical information that the producers, Frank Dorrel, S. Brian Willson and Producer-Director, Bo Boudart managed to effectively pack into an hour and a half film and the way they were able to clearly state and connect the U.S. and other political dots that have happened in the political shadows around the world through the 60s/70s/80s etc - and reveal how our government's policies and decisions birthed and are connected to so many tragic current events. "We are not worth more; they are not worth less" is the mantra of S. Brian Willson and the theme that runs throughout this compelling film and his memoir, "Blood on the Tracks." EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is that the film reminded me what my intuition has told me since I was a small child: To stand up and tell the Truth! Nothing is more painful and damaging to myself and/or others - to the world - than maintaining the status quo . . for appearance sake. Presidents may come and go . . . fame may come and go - but the real power does lie with the people - when we are willing to risk - organize - make our voices heard - and stand for change! WE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!   A President - an Individual in Power- a Government saying something is so - over and over and over again - DOES NOT MAKE IT SO!  Truth is Truth and if we are blessed to hang around on Planet Earth long enough, it always reveals Itself! Seeing the film reminded me of who the True Heroes are in our world - those thousands upon thousands of people around the world who we will likely never know - who are willing to tell the truth - uncover the lies - risk their life - who live as if this "GIFT OF LIFE" really matters. The film introduces us to many of these peace activist individuals who have risked on so many levels - including (but not limited to) S. Brian Willson, Daniel Ellsberg, Father Roy Bourgeois, Ron Kovic, Medea Benjamin, Colonel Ann Wright, Alice Walker, Blase Bonpane Martin Sheen, Duncan Murphy, Charlie Liteky, George Mizo, Holley Rauen, Jack Ryan, Camilo Mejia, David Swanson, David Hartsough, Veterans For Peace and many others. If you think your small acts don't make a difference, think again!  They do!  You do! I lived next door to Martin Sheen in Pt. Dume in the 1980s.  Having him as a neighbor, just knowing who he is as an ordinary man who chooses to use his Power for Good - always risking - always speaking Truth to Power - constantly inspired me - actually had me sleep better at night! THANK YOU MARTIN! GO TO: - to purchase a copy of the DVD. Invite your friends and neighbors over, watch it together, unite your Power for Good and move out into the world in action, buoyed by each other! Or purchase Brian Willson’s  memoir: "BLOOD ON THE TRACKS." It is jam packed with information and inspiration:”
- Candace S. Carnicelli
Director of Common Peace, Center for The Advancement of Nonviolence

“Bo Boudart’s very important and well made film: “PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE” - won The Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award at The Awareness Film Festival held at The Regal Cinema at LA LIVE in October of 2017. It is narrated by Peter Coyote, (who also did the narration for Burns’ Vietnam series) and is essential viewing for everyone concerned with issues of war and peace – as we all should be. After Brian Willson’s unbelievable act of courage to stop the imperialist Contra wars in Central America, Nicaragua’s first lady, the poet Rosario Murillo, visited him in the hospital. Today Willson lives in Nicaragua, where he is rightfully hailed as the hero he is. In chronicling the U.S. peace movement for about half a century, PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE performs an invaluable service. I can’t think of any other comparable documentary that provides as comprehensive an overview as this very moving and inspirational film.”
- Ed Rampell
Film critic and historian who writes for The Hollywood Progressive. He is the author of the 2005 book: "Progressive Hollywood: A People’s Film History of the United States"


“This is a documentary that all people should watch.  Even those whose instinctive reaction is to preemptively dismiss it will, I predict, change their minds about the film after seeing it. And that is one of the reasons it is so inspiring: it reinforces the idea that every human being has the ability and should have the right to change her or his stance on a topic after absorbing new information.  Brian Willson went to war and learned that it was not what he had been told to believe.  He realized that his ultimate power came not from bearing arms, but from bearing witness to the truth.  As a result, he has proven that contesting those who abuse their own power at the expense of the rights and lives of others is the one fight that can achieve peace and do so peacefully.”
- Richard Castro
COO & VP Distribution & Acquisitions, Cinema Libre Studio

“Brilliant documentary about S. Brian Willson, an incredible anti-war hero. This film should be a strong contender for an Oscar.”
- Michael D. Knox, PH.D
Chair, US Peace Memorial Foundation

“"Paying The Price For Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson" is an important film that links the price that Willson paid and continues to pay in his struggle for peace with the price that the US Empire continues to impose on all the nations and peoples who stand up for their own freedom, dignity and right to a better future without exploitation or oppression. As well-documented in the film, Brian and his life are a moving example and challenge to all of us to overcome complacency and complicity and to make the struggle for justice and peace a central aspect of our lives.”
- Maureen Cruise, RN
Peace Advocate, Director Health Care for All-Los Angeles Chapter

“S. Brian Willson stands courageous, strong and tall among the very best of our inspirational heroes. "Paying The Price For Peace" is both a beautiful portrait and engaging account of an iconic champion of deep conscience, intelligence and humanity. It also provides terrifying examples of the brute force, violence and militarism used in attempts to silence voices of peace, justice and brotherhood. Presente, one and all, for this brilliant film.”
- Michael Novick
Editor, "Turning The Tide: A Journal of Inter-communal Solidarity"

“I was so moved by this extraordinary film PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE. I wish every American would watch it and learn from Brian Willson's life and understand that we CAN make a difference and turn things around! What a stirring presentation of our true heroes and heroines of Peace! I hope you get a broad release for the film. It deserves an Academy Award, not only for the breakthrough reporting with a difference, but for the great cinematography as  well.”
- Alice Slater
Long Time Anti-War Activist & Organizer, Director of The New York Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Member of the Coordinating Committee World Beyond War

“Brian Willson is a Witness for Justice and against Injustice. Witnesses Testify for the Truth, a precondition for Justice, in turn a precondition for PEACE. That’s what Brian’s and our protestifying is all about. What a gift to be part of this movement of Protest.”
- Ray McGovern
Served as a CIA analyst for 27 years. In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq


PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is very educational, real and painful to watch, but necessary to learn. Thank you Brian for your courage and sacrifice. The price of a war is not peace. It is pain, blood and physical and mental mutilation. Thanks to Brian and the other anti-war activists in this excellent and very moving film for showing us a reality of our history that many forget, but ‘The Powers That Be’ will repeat over and over again.”
- Fernando Suarez del Solar
Founder & Director of Guerrero Azteca Peace Project. Fernando’s son Jesus, was one of the first Marines killed in Iraq, when he stepped on an unexploded U.S. cluster bomb

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is an empowerment story that just happens to be the life and times of one hell of an American.  When I think of S. Brian Willson, I think of Leonard Peltier. I think of Mumia Abu-Jamal. I think of Cesar Chavez.  I think of all of the brave soldier warriors who fought for justice in an unjust world.  Brian is an Hero, no doubt.”
- William "Wil B" Bannister
Political Art/Activist and Host of "Mashed Politicos"

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is the story of a true Peace Hero, S Brian Willson. Through his courage and passion he has himself created feelings in others of human unity, peace and love beyond arbitrary borders. You never sense physical pain in him even when he puts his body on the line many times for principles of peace. He often experiences the consequences, yet even then he moves others by showing his joy at being free. In the central event of the film, his courage and strength in the face of pain takes an attempt of military authorities to intimidate demonstrators and turns it into a massive movement of over ten thousand people that stops arms shipments to Nicaraguan Contras for many months. His story will move anyone who cares about making our world a safer and more humane place to live.”
- Nuri Ronaghy & Alan Shorb
Co-Founders of US Department of Peace

“Although Brian Wilson’s story is a tragic tale, one that may make the viewer weep and wish to revise history, it is also an inspiring story of relentless resistance to an empire binging on war and weapons shipments. Brian, once an enthusiastic military man, goes full circle as he confronts the avarice and brutality of US foreign policy and literally puts his life on the line to shake up the world of casual complicity. I recommend this film be shown in high schools throughout the country to teach young men and women, the targets of military recruiters, the cost of war and the price a brave man paid for peace.”
- Marcy Winograd
High School Teacher & Former Congressional Peace Candidate

“If you stand up for what you believe then you must see: “PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE”, a powerful film that packed the house and created a most inspiring discussion on the importance of activism.”
- Nick Angotti
Co-Founder & Executive Director of the: PEACE ON EARTH FILM FESTIVAL in Chicago

“The documentary "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE" is a compelling portrait of Brian Willson’s courageous anti-war activism, both in the U.S. and Central America. An inspirational, must-see film!”
- Dennis & Christie Davis
Documentary filmmakers, "Women At War: Forgotten Veterans of Desert Storm" and  "Beyond Babylon"

“The greatest honor Bob Dylan has ever received is S. Brian Willson having used BLOOD ON THE TRACKS as the title of his own autobiography. Brian’s life, as documented in both the book and subsequent film - "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE:  The Story of S. Brian Willson", is the answer to the question, “Can one person make a difference?” Brian is the conscience of the peace movement, the one man who let the world see what the empire is willing to do to save itself and what may be necessary to stop it.  S. Brian Willson is the answer to the questions that have been blowing in the wind all these years. We can only be grateful that Brian is still here and still speaking truth to power. Keep on, Brian!”
- Ross Altman PH.D
Singer Song-Fighter, Sings to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Sings old labor songs, antiwar songs, civil rights songs, topical/protest songs, traditional songs & love songs

“Bo Boudart has made a terribly beautiful and compelling documentary, narrated by Peter Coyote. PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is a chronicle of the life of Brian Willson - a surviving martyr to whom attention must be paid, if humanity is to survive. It is the most important film of its time and it is vital that it reach the masses, especially of Americans, who are unaware - largely willfully - of the prodigious, obscene suffering caused by our relentless, brutal, insatiable and unsustainable consumerism. Not an easy film to watch, but indispensable.”
- Jeanmarie Simpson
Theatre Artist and Activist, Wrote & Starred in "A SINGLE WOMAN" - about the life of Jeannette Rankin (the first woman elected to Congress), Member of Women’s International League For Peace & Freedom

“Brian Willson dared to let himself be moved and changed by what he saw of how the war he was participating in affected real people.  The film tells that story.  Or perhaps we should say, tells its beginning, for his development and ours -- does not stop with any particular action but, in a story the film also presents, is part of a community's striving towards peace.”
- Joe Maizlish
Vietnam-Era Draft Resister, Mediator, Therapist, Still Striving

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is a great film about a great hero. Emotional, essential and inspirational. Don’t miss it!”
- Harvey Wasserman
Host of California Solartopia on KPFK-Pacifica and Green Power & Wellness

“This is an incredibly powerful documentary. The life and times of Brian Willson and his comrades is both extraordinary and mundane. A man by circumstance moved to action. It’s difficult to conceive that after watching this film, the viewers can’t help but to be similarly moved in some manner.”
- Ramsey Kanaan
Founder of PM Press. Publisher of "BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: The Life & Times of S. Brian Willson"

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is FANTASTIC!  I REALLY LOVE this film. It is one to be seen by ALL. I mean ALL. EVERYONE! For the history ALONE!  So well done!”
- Julie Webster
Teacher, Poet, Videographer and Anti-War Activists

“Brian Willson was willing to risk his life to stop USA state sponsored murders. With rock solid determination he faced down a train carrying weapons of war. The California based train did not stop. It cut off both of Brian’s legs. He survived and continues to stand against the abomination of war and for building a world that works for everyone. Thank you, Brian. This video documentary is a stunning tribute to your love of humanity. Your courage and example strengthen and sustain us all.”
- Alanna Hartzok
Co-Director, Earth Rights Institute, author of "The Earth Belongs to Everyone", has been a candidate for congress in PA District 9 for both the Green Party and the Democratic Party

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Publisher: Addicted To War
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