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Operation Lysistrata (2006)

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In January 2003, two women in New York City, Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower, thought to organize readings of the ancient Greek play by Aristophanes, Lysistrata, as a protest against the ... See full summary »

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In January 2003, two women in New York City, Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower, thought to organize readings of the ancient Greek play by Aristophanes, Lysistrata, as a protest against the imminent preemptive war on Iraq. Originally conceived as a local event, however, over the course of a few weeks, word of the Lysistrata Project quickly gained momentum and became a worldwide happening for peace. On March 3, 2003 nearly 1,100 simultaneous productions of Lysistrata were performed in 59 countries around the globe. Written by Anonymous

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03/03/03, the theater world takes the stage against the war in Iraq

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Powerfully inspiring documentary about taking personal action
3 April 2008 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Through the 90 minutes of "Operation Lysistrata" I alternated between my eyes filling with tears, and my throat with laughter. And there are moments in this wonderful documentary that elicit both reactions at once.

This film had an impact on me that I had not at all anticipated. I won't go so far as to say that I had an epiphany - but I do think I was given a gift. I was reminded that each individual matters and has value. The message, repeated by various speakers in this film, is that ultimately neither success nor failure is the true object of an endeavor. Rather, it is the act of making the effort to do something that you believe in that can (and should) give you self-satisfaction.

To try, and succeed, is gratifying. To try, and not succeed, is disappointing. To not try at all is to give up; to quit; to abdicate your individuality. "Operation Lysistrata" tells us that this latter choice is not acceptable and that each of us must be true to ourselves regardless the outcome.

I hope that I can hold onto this lesson, this gift. I am truly grateful for everyone who was involved in the Lysistrata Project in 2003, and the makers of this film which documents that event. Thank you, thank you.


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