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Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part VIII
The USC4P&J documentary films series, Eyes Wide Open, continues in its 8th season with a series of films every other Thursday through December 2008.
Doors open at 7:30pm, screenings start at 8pm followed by a discussion. Arcobaleno provides the possibility of drinks and/or a light dinner before or during the film.
We ask for a small donation to help cover costs of DVDs and shipping. Arcobaleno requires an annual membership card at 5 Euro/year, which also includes discounts at museums, shops, theatres, etc.
The program for the series through December 2008 is as follows:
Oct 2 - Stealing a Nation (2004) An extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
A remarkable dossier of evidence has been put together by Pilger and producer Chris Martin, all from official files, charting one of the most shocking conspiracies of modern times, which continues today.
Diego Garcia is America's largest military base in the world, outside the US. There are more than 4,000 troops, two bomber runways, thirty warships and a satellite spy station. The Pentagon calls it an "indispensable platform" for policing the world.Before the Americans came, more than 2,000 people lived on the islands, many with roots back to the late 18th century. There were thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a railway and an undisturbed way of life. The islands were, and still are, a British crown colony. In the 1960s, the government of Harold Wilson struck a secret deal with the United States to hand over Diego Garcia. The Americans demanded that the islands be "swept" and "sanitized". Unknown to Parliament and to the US Congress, the British government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population - in secrecy and in breach of the United Nations Charter.
Directed by: John Pilger
Oct 16 - Radiant City: A Documentary About Suburban Sprawl (2006) Something's happening on the edge of town. There's a desperate housewife in the parking lot, a musical chorus line mowing the lawn -- and a loaded gun in the upstairs closet. Welcome to Radiant City .
Gary Burns, Canada's king of surreal comedy, joins forces with journalist Jim Brown to craft a vivid account of The Late Suburban Age.
Sprawl is eating the planet. Politicians call it growth. Developers call it business. The Moss family call it home. While Evan Moss zones out in commuter traffic, Ann boils over in her dream kitchen and the kids play sinister games amid the fresh foundations of monster houses.
Turning the documentary genre inside out, Burns and Brown rummage through a toybox of cultural references -- from Jane Jacobs to The Sopranos -- to consider what happens when cities get sick and mutate.
Directed by: Gary Burns and Jim Brown
Oct 30 - Slacker Uprising (2007) In October 2004, just before the United States Presidential election, Michael Moore went on a 62-city tour through the undecided states to register and rally young would-be voters to vote for a change in our country. Michael was joined on tour by some of the U.S.'s most politically involved musicians and artists, including Eddie Vedder, Steve Earle, Roseanne Barr, Joan Baez, and Viggo Mortensen (to name a few). With visits to college campuses and other venues, this documentary showcases what the filmmaker calls "the birth of a new political generation."
Directed by : Michael Moore
Nov 13 - Meeting Resistance (2007) A daring, eye-opening film that raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraqi insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle against coalition forces. It documents for the first time the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a nation's citizens when their homeland is occupied.
With unique insight into the people involved in the resistance, this acclaimed film explodes myth after myth about the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who participate. Voices which have been previously unheard - both male and female - speak candidly about their motivations, hopes and goals, revealing a kaleidoscope of human perspectives. Through its unprecedented access Meeting Resistance is the missing puzzle piece in understanding the Iraq war - not only the toll of the occupation but the mindset behind those who resist.
Directed by: Steve Connors & Molly Bingham
Nov 27 - Body of War (2007) Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week.
Body of War is Tomas' coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.
Directed by: Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue
Dec 11 - Iran (Is Not the Problem) (2008) This new feature length film responds to the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the international community, bent on "wiping Israel off the map", supporting terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of present and historical US imperialism and hypocrisy with respect to Iran.
It looks at the struggle for democracy inside Iran, the consequences of the current escalation and the potential US and/or Israeli attack, and suggests some alternatives to consider.
Directed by: Aaron Newman
Special thanks to the Circolo Arci Arcobaleno for their hospitality and support.
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