The USC4P&J documentary films series, Eyes Wide Open, continues with a fourth series of films every other Wednesday through December 2006.
Films will be screened at Linux Club (Ostiense near the ex Mercati generali - see map and directions) starting at 7pm with a brief discussion, to continue over a pizza at a nearby pizzeria.
There is no charge for the screenings though donations to help cover costs of DVDs and shipping are greatly appreciated. Linux Club requires an annual membership card at 5 Euro/year.
Space is limited - arrive early in order to guarantee a seat.
The program for the series through December is as follows:
Oct 4 - The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress (2006)
The hot new film starring Houston's own Tom DeLay and a cast of Texans who stood up to DeLay's assault against democracy. It's the story of one of the most blatant power grabs in American history, and how a District Attorney in Texas turned out to be the biggest threat to the national DeLay Machine. The film is a warning about how easy it is for American democracy to be hijacked by a combination of relentless ambition and corporate millions. It makes the case that DeLay built a "custom-made Congress" that is still providing votes for his agenda.
The Big Buy is a feature length documentary that connects the dots between big money and big government. It's not a pretty picture.
Oct 18 - Occupation: Dreamland (2005)
An unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraq city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A collective study of the soldiers unfolds as they patrol an environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squads activities Occupation: Dreamland provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja. The film documents the city's waning stability before a final series of military assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed it.
Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds were given access to all operations of the Armys 82nd Airborne. They lived with the unit 24/7, giving voice to soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope with an ambiguous, often lethal environment. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.
Nov 1 Conservative Film Special George W. Bush: Faith in the White House (2004)
(Billed as "An Alternative Program to Fahrenheit 9/11") Official Film synopsis: Not since the days of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln has a president put so much stock in his Christian faith and prayer life for making decisions and leading the United States in its hour of crisis. According to BBC correspondent Justin Webb: "Nobody spends more time on his knees than George W. Bush. The Bush administration hums to the sound of prayer."
This program will examine the extraordinary faith and prayer life of President George W. Bush, and how it impacts his personal life and his decisions as the leader of the free world. See how his faith has been unshakeable in dealing with the 9/11 terrorist attack, fighting al-Qaeda, ridding Iraq of the Saddam Hussein regime, rooting out terrorists in Afghanistan, and how his religious beliefs bring personal peace and clarity in a time of terrorism and chaos across the world.
Nov 15 - Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)
The story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
Brave New Films are both funded and distributed completely outside corporate America. Over 3000 people donated to make Iraq for Sale.
Nov 29 - Occupied Minds: A Palestinian-Israeli Journey Beyond Hope and Despair (2005)
viewers to ground zero of the dispute—the volatile streets of Gaza and Jerusalem—to hear the
voices of both sides of the conflict.
An emotional and intensely personal odyssey through the hot spots of the current conflict,
Occupied Minds is the story of two journalists, Jamal Dajani, a Palestinian-American and David
Michaelis, an Israeli, who journey to Jerusalem to explore the possibilities of peaceful resolution
to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In their San Francisco offices, the two men collaborate on the 2005 Peabody Award-winning
daily newscast MOSAIC: World News from the Middle East. After four
years of monitoring daily news reports from more than 30 Middle Eastern broadcasters and
watching the escalation of hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians with increasing alarm, the
two decided to combine their personal experiences and expertise to examine the real possibilities
for peace in the Middle East.
Dec 13 - An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.
With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point - and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore's personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective, to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life - convinced that there is still time to make a difference.
Map and Directions See map of area Closest metro station: Garbatella. Take the exit "Ostiense", cross the tracks via the overpass, walk straight to via Ostiense, turn left and walk a couple of blocks to via Libetta, make another left and look for Linux. By bus, the 23 runs from the Vatican, along the Tiber, through Testaccio and along via Ostiense.
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