Bed Peace Revisits John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Famous Anti-Vietnam Protests

Briefly noted: Yoko Ono has posted on YouTube a 70 minute documentary that revisits John and Yoko’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins, which amounted to a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War. The film has been added to our list of Free Documentaries, a subset of our collection 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, Documentaries & More. Below the jump you can find Yoko’s letter to viewers and a summary of the film.

Dear Friends,

In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world.
Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know.

It was good that we filmed it, though.
The film is powerful now.
What we said then could have been said now.

In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.

Let’s remember WAR IS OVER if we want it.
It’s up to us, and nobody else.
John would have wanted to say that.

Love, yoko

Yoko Ono Lennon
London, UK
August 2011

Film Synopsis

1969 was the year that John & Yoko intensified their long running campaign for World Peace. They approached the task with the same entrepreneurial expertise as an advertising agency selling a brand of soap powder to the masses. John & Yoko’s product however was PEACE, not soft soap, and they were determined to use any slogan, event and gimmick in order to persuade the World to buy it.

BED PEACE (directed by Yoko & John and filmed by Nic Knowland) is a document of the Montreal events and features John & Yoko in conversation with, amongst others, The World Press, satirist Al Capp, activist Dick Gregory, comedian Tommy Smothers, protesters at Berkeley’s People’s Park, Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg, quiltmaker Christine Kemp, psychologists Timothy Leary & Rosemary Leary, CFOX DJs Charles P. Rodney Chandler & Roger Scott, producer André Perry, journalist Ritchie York, DJ & Promoter Murray The K, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, publicist Derek Taylor & personal assistant Anthony Fawcett.

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  • thanks by post the video. A blend of fresh air and nostalgy in my sunday morning

  • Loved it! Thank you for sharing! Inspirational! Give Peace a Chance!

  • Ashley says:

    Such beautiful people! Love you Yoko thank you for this!

  • kelly ann says:

    Yoko your so beautiful, brilliant, and your love for John was so pure, as was his to you.. inspirational. You may not have changed the whole world but you changed and helped to mold my world. Forever grateful. Much much love.

  • Ishan das says:

    As long as we operate slaughter houses and eat animals, nature’s backlash will result in war between human beings. We want peace, but until we give up our selfishness and cruelty to other creatures we will continue to suffer in this way. People who refuse to kill animals will also refuse to participate in wars.

  • Mark says:

    Here we again see what John wanted you to believe. Not the violent, abusing wife beating person he really was. Great musician, horrible person.

  • Stacey says:

    thank you Yoko for having this documentary made and available. Watching this during the Covid19 pandemic. this reminds me individuals and their visions make a difference. bless you. Peace and love.

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