Peace Stories: Historic Documentary Series

Our July film selection from Appalshop is “Peace Stories” (1991). From Appalshop: “In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war experiences and discuss it’s effects on their opinions of war. William Farmer, a World War I veteran from North Carolina, describes the trench warfare and killing that took place after armistice. Connie Bowling was recruited by the Department of Defense during World War II to train cyclonium operators in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where they were secretly making the enriched uranium that went into the first atomic bomb. He recalls the reaction at the plant when the news came that the bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima and his own feelings on having participated in mass destruction. Jack Wright, a Vietnam veteran from southwest Virginia, talks about his feelings of responsibility for the death of a prisoner of war, and how difficult it has been for him to recover. Peace Stories puts the study of war into a human context as it graphically illustrates the impact of war on the ordinary people who carry out the decisions of presidents and generals.” This event is free and open to the public, but we have limited seating so we ask that you RSVP on our website.