John & Yoko’s Year of Peace (2000)


John & Yoko’s Year of Peace Documentary Film

John & Yoko, being popular faces of Beatles, realized their strength and tried to channel that constructively for peace of the world. Who can forget their popular “bed-in” for harmony in 1969? And the list has a lot more items like their pro peace activities, meet ups with world political leaders and what not.

This documentary film is an attempt to capture all of John & Yoko’s efforts starting from 1969 to 2000 in 52 minutes. It covers duos actions from Toronto to Montreal and Ottawa. The memorable meeting with Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, is also in the video.

As far as the music is concerned, this film features John’s music but no song is complete and even the phenomenal “Give Peace a Chance” is not in full length. Footages in the film are from 1969 to 2000. But mostly belong to 1969 and that is why picture quality is not impressive. One can find many black and white parts with changing contrast.  And the story of sound is also similar to picture quality due to the same reason. Otherwise sync, dialogues and features are acceptable.

One may find the presentation of late sixties a bit funny or out of context to our era now but even though fashion, style, clothes, environment and other things have changed, the basic premise remains there. World peace is still a relevant and crucial matter for people as it was in 1969 and this factor alone makes John & Yoko’s Year of Peace, a documentary film that is still current and pertinent in present circumstances.

And we all know that the ultimate solution for peace lies within us as John Lennon once said, “I believe sincerely that as soon as people want peace in their world, they will have it.”

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