Bryn Mawr residents premier peace documentary

Film records Veterans for Peace protest

BRYN MAWR — Two Bryn Mawr residents host the world premier of their documentary, “Peaceful Warriors: On the Road with the Veterans for Peace,” 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

The film by David Logsdon and Deacon Warner documents an annual bus trip made by the Minnesota chapter of Veterans for Peace to Columbus, Georgia, for a vigil held outside the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Better known by its former name, School of the Americas, the Department of Defense facility has had a controversial role in training Latin American military personnel, some of whom allegedly went on to commit human rights violations in their own countries.

Logsdon, a member of Veterans for Peace, said the local chapter has chartered a bus to the vigil every year since 1994. On one recent trip they were joined by Warner, the youth program coordinator for IFP Media Arts in St. Paul, and two of his students from an after-school video production class.

The student filmmakers originally joined the trip to help film the bus ride and vigil, but they ended up becoming the focus of the film. The story of the journey and the massive protest outside the school is told from their perspective.

“Increasingly, we used their perspective, because they were going there not knowing what to expect and then they got more than they could ever process in a short amount of time,” Logsdon said.

A showing of the half-hour documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Logsdon, Warner and the student filmmakers. Suggested donation is $5.