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The 6th season of the Eyes Wide Open Film Series concluded in December 2007.

See the current program for Part XI, running every other Thursday through May 2010.

Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part VI

The USC4P&J documentary films series, Eyes Wide Open, continues in its sixth season with a series of films every other Wednesday through December 2007.

Films will be screened at Linux Club (Ostiense near the ex Mercati generali - see map and directions)

Screenings start at 7pm followed by 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 8 Euro/year.

The program for the series through December is as follows:


Oct 3 - Karl Rove Goodbye Party: Bush's Brain (2004)
An in-depth look at the man many regard as the brains behind George W. Bush's political career -- Karl Rove, a political strategist who has been described as having a "junkyard-dog approach to politics." Bush's Brain is a documentary which follows Rove's career from high school (when he was accused of using dirty tricks to win debate competitions) through his guidance of Bush's campaigns for Texas governor and United States president (during which he used aggressive strategies to discredit Bush's opponents) to his role in the Bush White House and his possible links to the scandal in which the status of Valerie Plame as a longtime covert CIA operative was leaked to the press.

Directed by: Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey
Run time: 80 minutes
Web site: Bush's Brain

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Oct 17 - Iraq in Fragments (2006)
A hard-hitting, yet poignant documentary of three parts. A fatherless boy is inducted into an apprenticeship in a garage; Sadr supporters rally for regional elections, while violently enforcing Islamic law; a group of Kurdish farmers welcome the US presence and a freedom them have been denied until now. This incredibly photographed, well-balanced documentary looks at life through the eyes of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds and is the sum of the two years American director James Longley struggled to encapsulate a war that is being fought on three fronts.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007.

See reviews of the film on CounterPunch, Inter Press Service and New York Magazine.

Directed by: James Longley
Run time: 94 minutes
Web site: Iraq in Fragments

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Oct 31 - A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)
An unforgettable and shocking wake-up call, A CRUDE AWAKENING offers the rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Relentless and clear-eyed, this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis. Drawing on an international cast of maverick energy experts and thinkers, directors Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack debunk the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stare bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. Featuring a haunting score by Phillip Glass and a fascinating array of rare archival footage, the film explores oil's rocky relationship with human progress in locales ranging from ancient Baku, Azerbaijan to dusty oilpatch town McCamey, Texas. Amidst a dark and disturbing vision of our future, A CRUDE AWAKENING hints at a humbler way of life built around sustainability and alternative energy, providing a visually stunning, boldly prophetic testament which provokes not just thought but action.

Directed by : Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack
Run time: 85 minutes
Web site: A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

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Nov 14 - War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007)
War Made Easy brings to the screen Norman Solomon's insightful book with an analysis of the strategies used by administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war from Vietnam to Iraq. By familiarizing viewers with the techniques of war propaganda, War Made Easy encourages us to think critically about the messages put out by today's spin doctors - messages which are designed to promote and prolong a policy of militarism under the guise of the "war on terror."

Directed by : Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp
Run time: 72 minutes
Web site: War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

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Nov 28 Thanksgiving Special:
The Future of Food (2005)
"One of 2005's must-see documentaries". There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. This documentary explores the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade. It also examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multi-national corporations seek to control the world's food system.

Directed by: Deborah Koons Garcia
Run time: 88 minutes
Web site: The Future of Food

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Dec 12 - Jesus Camp (2006)
A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement.

JESUS CAMP, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors of the critically acclaimed The Boys of Baraka, follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army." The film follows these children at camp as they hone their "prophetic gifts" and are schooled in how to "take back America for Christ." The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007.

Directed by : Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Run time: 84 minutes
Web site: Jesus Camp

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Special thanks to the Linux Club for their hospitality and support.

For information on past screenings, see:

Eyes Wide Open, Part I
Eyes Wide Open, Part II
Eyes Wide Open, Part III
Eyes Wide Open, Part IV
Eyes Wide Open, Part V
Eyes Wide Open, Part VI
Eyes Wide Open, Part VII
Eyes Wide Open, Part VIII
Eyes Wide Open, Part IX
Eyes Wide Open, Part X
Eyes Wide Open, Part XI
Eyes Wide Open, Part XII
Eyes Wide Open, Part XIII
Eyes Wide Open, Part XIV

 

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Film Series

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series, Part VI
Presented by U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome.

3 October
Karl Rove Goodbye Party
Bush's Brain

17 October
Iraq in Fragments

31 October
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

14 November
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

28 November
Thanksgiving Special
The Future of Food

12 December
Jesus Camp

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Maps & Directions

Films begin at 7pm.

Linux Club
Via Giuseppe Libetta 15c

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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