Blood Makes the Grass Grow features four men and two women who were among the 2,500 U.S. soldiers who sought to become conscientious objectors during the Gulf War.
They joined the military for the same reasons that nearly 400,000 recruits sign up each year - to get a job or money for college, to fulfill a sense of duty, to "be all they can be." The stories of the objectors illuminate the striking transformations they underwent - from raw teenage recruits to responsible adults, willing to take a moral stand despite the personal consequences. Their resistance was met with threats ranging from dishonorable discharge to the death penalty.
The film raises critical questions for anyone considering enlistment, for service
people contemplating conscientious objection, and for those concerned
with basic issues of militarism in a democratic society.