Documentary about 1969 bed protest with John Lennon posted online by Yoko Ono to inspire new generation of activists
In an attempt to "give encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today", Yoko Ono has posted online a 70-minute documentary she made with John Lennon in 1969. Titled Bed Peace, the film ? previously available on VHS ? documents the couple's second attempt to promote world peace through lying in bed for a week at the height of the Vietnam war.
The former Beatle and his wife spent their honeymoon in bed at the Amsterdam Hilton, talking to members of the press, before flying to Montreal, Canada to repeat their act of non-violent protest. Those visiting them there, as shown in the film, include the activist Dick Gregory, LSD-advocate Timothy Leary, DJ Murray The K and the Beatles' publicist Derek Taylor.
Writing online, Ono said:
In 1969, John and I were so naive 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."
The 78-year old Ono posted the film on her website at the weekend, and intended to remove it after 48 hours, but following requests from fans it will now remain online until 21 August.