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We Love You

Michael I. Niman Ph.D., Buffalo State College
Jonathan Kalafer, New Jersey Pictures
Steve Kalafer, New Jersey Pictures

Abstract

Every summer since 1972, Rainbow Gatherings have attracted tens of thousands of people to a different U.S. National Forest. They create a temporary city in the wilderness, complete with kitchens, plumbing, medical care, sanitation, and childcare. The gathering culminates with an elaborate and graceful prayer for Peace on the Fourth of July.

Gatherings attract all different kinds of people, all for different reasons, from all different places despite intense pressure from Federal Law Enforcement who attempt to prohibit them. All of this happens through the efforts of individuals without any formal organization or leaders and without anyone buying a ticket or being paid for their labor.

Three-time Academy Award®-Nominated Producer Steve Kalafer’s newest documentary ‘We Love You’ takes you to this mystical city that is co-created once a year. In the remote meadows and forests of Wyoming you’ll see the achievement that is the Rainbow Gathering and meet some of the people who attend. You will hear the campfire music, drum circles, and prayer. You will be horrified as you witness the violent oppression this group endures to pray for peace when Federal Agents shoot tear gas into the children’s area of the gathering. Then you will feel inspired as thousands gather the very next day and pray for peace.

Mike Niman serves as Consulting Producer for this award-winning 40 min. documentary film produced by Steve Kalafer (New Jersey Pictures) and Directed by Jonathan Kalafer.

We Love You won Best Documentary at the LA Shorts festival, Best Short Documentary at the New Jersey Film Festival, and Official Selection at Telluride Mountain Film Festival, Lower East Side Film Festival, Woodstock Museum Film Festival and the Ashville Film Festival. Finalist (non-fiction Short Film) USA Film Festival.

Suggested Citation

Michael I. Niman Ph.D., Jonathan Kalafer, and Steve Kalafer. "We Love You" 2009