Running Time: 46 minutes
Blood Makes the Grass Grow raises critical questions for those
considering enlistment, for service people contemplating conscientious objection,
and for anyone concerned with basic issues of militarism in a democratic society.
This film features four men and two women who were among the 2,500 U.S. soldiers who
attempted 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.