Asian American International Film Festival

Lt Watada

Dir. Freida Lee Mock, 2010, 40 min

"Lt. Watada" tells the story of the first commissioned military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq and to speak out about his belief that the war is illegal and a violation of his oath to the Constitution. It's a David and Goliath story as Lt. Watada shows his willingness to face court-martial and eight years in prison rather than be a party to war crimes. The film charts his emergence as a public speaker and activist who has become a hero of the anti-war movement and a target for pro-war defense.