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Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part V
The USC4P&J documentary films series, Eyes Wide Open, continues with a fifth series of films every other Wednesday through May 2007.
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.
The program for the series through May is as follows:
Feb 7 - Why We Fight (2005)
Why We Fight features interviews and observations by a "who's who" of military and Washington insiders including Senator John McCain, Gore Vidal, and Dan Rather. Beginning with President Dwight D. Eisenhower's prescient 1961 speech warning of the rise of the "military industrial complex," Why We Fight moves far beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why America seemingly is always at war. What are the forces - political, economic, and ideological - that drive us to clash against an ever-changing enemy? Just why does America fight? Unforgettable, powerful and at times disturbing, Why We Fight will challenge viewers long after the last fade-out.
*All proceeds from this screening will go to the defense fund for Agustín Aguayo, currently being held in a U.S. military prison in Germany for refusing to deploy to Iraq. He faces up to seven years in prison. Read more about Agustín's story: aguayodefense.org
Directed by: Eugene Jarecki
Feb 21 - Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) Investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around the globe and mainstream consumer adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius' sold this year), this story couldn't be more relevant or important. The foremost goal in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace instead the SUV. Our documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future; issues which affect everyone from progressive liberals to the neo-conservative right.
Directed by: Chris Paine
Mar 7 - The Iron Wall (2006)
From that day on, these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and, later, the State of Israel. Colonies, often referred to as "settlements," were used to solidify the Zionist foothold throughout historic Palestine.
Following the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, more than 200 settlements and outposts have been built in these territories, in violation of international law. The Iron Wall exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, and population of the settlements, reveals how their construction has been a cornerstone of Israeli policy, and demonstrates how the Wall secures them as permanent and irreversible facts on the ground.
This documentary warns that a contiguous and viable Palestinian state is becoming no longer possible, and that the chances for a peaceful resolution of the conflict are slipping away.
The Iron Wall features interviews with prominent Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and political analysts, including Jeff Halper, Akiva Eldar, Hind Khoury, and others. Also included are eye-opening interviews with Israeli settlers and soldiers, and Palestinian farmers.
"The best description of the barrier, its routing and impact is shown in the film The Iron Wall."
Directed by : Mohammed Alatar
Mar 21 - Terrorstorm (2006)
Directed by : Alex Jones
Apr 4 Conservative Film Special
From Socialism to Communism, from economic and religious oppression to the elimination individual freedoms -- the ultra-left say it’s all for the common good, but their sordid history tells a different tale.
“The Roots of the Ultra Left” traces Socialism back to colonial times when Robert Owen purchased the town of New Harmony, Indiana, for his great experiment. Owen’s elimination of private property, religion, and the traditional social order was an complete failure. But Socialism still spread, and the ultra-left continued to become more extreme.
In “The Roots of the Ultra Left,” you’ll hear the “Leftist wisdom” from such enlightened sources as fanatical protesters, elitist academics, and the Clintons. A total of 35 liberal beliefs are addressed, including Profit comes from evil greed, Traditional morality is always bad, Make God illegal and more ideology that will make you blood boil . . .
Don’t miss the documentary the Left doesn’t want you to see.
Produced by: The Leadership Institute
Apr 18 - Big Easy to Big Empty - The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans (2006)
In this half-hour film, Greg Palast and his team visit New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year. On his visit, he discovers that the population of New Orleans is miniscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates are climbing, and many have not, nor know how to, return to the city that care forgot. He examines why residents had to leave, what really caused the flood and why they aren’t returning.
Director: Greg Palast
May 2 - Walking the Line (2005)
The film explores the front lines of what many fatigue-wearing, self-styled warriors dub a “border war.” A commander marshals his armed troops, cocks his rifle, and maps out maneuvers when suspected immigrants invade the property. A nighttime raid led by a cigar-chomping vigilante leads to the capture of startled migrant workers. Walking the Line offers an intimate look into what drives these individuals to such extremes.
Standing in opposition to the vigilantes, humanitarians organize to prevent migrant deaths. Confronting the growing crisis, they too find themselves on the wrong side of the law. A Tucson pastor is indicted on federal felony charges for aiding and abetting while an American Indian faces banishment from his reservation for constructing water stations. At once disturbing, offbeat, and revealing, the film offers a scathing critique of a policy—and people—gone mad. Following rancher vigilantes with semiautomatic weapons, outlaw pastors with four-wheel drives, and impoverished immigrants with dreams of a better life, Walking the Line explores the uncertain line between what is patriotic, what is moral, and what is just.
Directors: Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest
May 16 - Independent Intervention (2006)
The film features Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Dahr Jamail, Danny Schechter, Norman Solomon, David Barsamian, Kalle Lasn, James Zogby and Jim Hightower. It also includes the voices of Howard Zinn, Michael Moore, Bill Moyers, Arundhati Roy, Jeremy Scahill, US Senators and Iraqi people.
Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
May 30 - The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006)
Directors: David Leaf and
Special thanks to the filmmakers and producers as well as Linux Club for their support.
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