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Whatever the Penalties

Synopsis
This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of conscientious objectors in World War One. They represented a small minority who defied the 1916 Military Service Act - the law that introduced conscription to Britain for the first time. Members and supporters of the No Conscription Fellowship, they stood by their religious and political convictions, and refused to join the war, whatever the penalties. In doing so they faced intense public hostility, ridicule, violence and even death. (17 minutes)

Also includes an interview with the historian Cyril Pearce, who explains the wider context of the events shown in the film, the reasons for conscription, the response of those resisting the war and how the military and civilian authorities dealt with them. He is the author of ‘Comrades in Conscience’ and creator of the world’s most extensive database of WWI Conscientious Objectors, hosted online by the Imperial War Museum in London. (49 minutes)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Notes
See the White Feather Diaries project for more resources about conscientious objectors in World War One: http://www.whitefeatherdiaries.org.uk/
Subjects
History
Keywords
conscientious objectors; World War 1; pacifism; Quakers

Credits

Contributor
Cyril Pearce

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£13.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
66 minutes
Year
2017

Sponsor

Name

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Email
enquiries@quaker.org.uk
Web
https://www.quaker.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7663 1000
Address
Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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