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In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote:

"Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population - behind an The Iron Wall , which the native population cannot breach." First published in Russian under the title O Zheleznoi Stene in Rassvyet, 4 November 1923.

From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground; the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian people.

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How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

Narrated by Sean Penn

War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.


War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer. 


Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “brutally persuasive” and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.
Approx. 72 minutes, English subtitles - Trailer+interview of the director


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Harold Pinter Nobel Prize Speech 2005. Art, Truth, Politics.

 In 1958 I wrote the following:


'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.'


I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?


Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond to the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.


I have often been asked how my plays come about. I cannot say. Nor can I ever sum up my plays, except to say that this is what happened. That is what they said. That is what they did.


Most of the plays are engendered by a line, a word or an image. The given word is often shortly followed by the image. I shall give two examples of two lines which came right out of the blue into my head, followed by an image, followed by me.


The plays are The Homecoming and Old Times. The first line of The Homecoming is 'What have you done with the scissors?' The first line of Old Times is 'Dark.'


In each case I had no further information.


In the first case someone was obviously looking for a pair of scissors and was demanding their whereabouts of someone else he suspected had probably stolen them. But I somehow knew that the person addressed didn't give a damn about the scissors or about the questioner either, for that matter.


'Dark' I took to be a description of someone's hair, the hair of a woman, and was the answer to a question. In each case I found myself compelled to pursue the matter. This happened visually, a very slow fade, through shadow into light.


I always start a play by calling the characters A, B and C.


In the play that became The Homecoming I saw a man enter a stark room and ask his question of a younger man sitting on an ugly sofa reading a racing paper. I somehow suspected that A was a father and that B was his son, but I had no proof. This was however confirmed a short time later when B (later to become Lenny) says to A (later to become Max), 'Dad, do you mind if I change the subject? I want to ask you something. The dinner we had before, what was the name of it? What do you call it? Why don't you buy a dog? You're a dog cook. Honest. You think you're cooking for a lot of dogs.' So since B calls A 'Dad' it seemed to me reasonable to assume that they were father and son. A was also clearly the cook and his cooking did not seem to be held in high regard. Did this mean that there was no mother? I didn't know. But, as I told myself at the time, our beginnings never know our ends.


'Dark.' A large window. Evening sky. A man, A (later to become Deeley), and a woman, B (later to become Kate), sitting with drinks. 'Fat or thin?' the man asks. Who are they talking about? But I then see, standing at the window, a woman, C (later to become Anna), in another condition of light, her back to them, her hair dark.


It's a strange moment, the moment of creating characters who up to that moment have had no existence. What follows is fitful, uncertain, even hallucinatory, although sometimes it can be an unstoppable avalanche. The author's position is an odd one. In a sense he is not welcomed by the characters. The characters resist him, they are not easy to live with, they are impossible to define. You certainly can't dictate to them. To a certain extent you play a never-ending game with them, cat and mouse, blind man's buff, hide and seek. But finally you find that you have people of flesh and blood on your hands, people with will and an individual sensibility of their own, made out of component parts you are unable to change, manipulate or distort.


So language in art remains a highly ambiguous transaction, a quicksand, a trampoline, a frozen pool which might give way under you, the author, at any time.


But as I have said, the search for the truth can never stop. It cannot be adjourned, it cannot be postponed. It has to be faced, right there, on the spot.


Political theatre presents an entirely different set of problems. Sermonising has to be avoided at all cost. Objectivity is essential. The characters must be allowed to breathe their own air. The author cannot confine and constrict them to satisfy his own taste or disposition or prejudice. He must be prepared to approach them from a variety of angles, from a full and uninhibited range of perspectives, take them by surprise, perhaps, occasionally, but nevertheless give them the freedom to go which way they will. This does not always work. And political satire, of course, adheres to none of these precepts, in fact does precisely the opposite, which is its proper function.


In my play The Birthday Party I think I allow a whole range of options to operate in a dense forest of possibility before finally focussing on an act of subjugation.


Mountain Language pretends to no such range of operation. It remains brutal, short and ugly. But the soldiers in the play do get some fun out of it. One sometimes forgets that torturers become easily bored. They need a bit of a laugh to keep their spirits up. This has been confirmed of course by the events at Abu Ghraib in Baghdad. Mountain Language lasts only 20 minutes, but it could go on for hour after hour, on and on and on, the same pattern repeated over and over again, on and on, hour after hour.


Ashes to Ashes, on the other hand, seems to me to be taking place under water. A drowning woman, her hand reaching up through the waves, dropping down out of sight, reaching for others, but finding nobody there, either above or under the water, finding only shadows, reflections, floating; the woman a lost figure in a drowning landscape, a woman unable to escape the doom that seemed to belong only to others.


But as they died, she must die too.


Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.


As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq had a relationship with Al Quaeda and shared responsibility for the atrocity in New York of September 11th 2001. We were assured that this was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq threatened the security of the world. We were assured it was true. It was not true.


The truth is something entirely different. The truth is to do with how the United States understands its role in the world and how it chooses to embody it.


But before I come back to the present I would like to look at the recent past, by which I mean United States foreign policy since the end of the Second World War. I believe it is obligatory upon us to subject this period to at least some kind of even limited scrutiny, which is all that time will allow here.


Everyone knows what happened in the Soviet Union and throughout Eastern Europe during the post-war period: the systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of independent thought. All this has been fully documented and verified.


But my contention here is that the US crimes in the same period have only been superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged, let alone recognised as crimes at all. I believe this must be addressed and that the truth has considerable bearing on where the world stands now. Although constrained, to a certain extent, by the existence of the Soviet Union, the United States' actions throughout the world made it clear that it had concluded it had carte blanche to do what it liked.


Direct invasion of a sovereign state has never in fact been America's favoured method. In the main, it has preferred what it has described as 'low intensity conflict'. Low intensity conflict means that thousands of people die but slower than if you dropped a bomb on them in one fell swoop. It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom. When the populace has been subdued - or beaten to death - the same thing - and your own friends, the military and the great corporations, sit comfortably in power, you go before the camera and say that democracy has prevailed. This was a commonplace in US foreign policy in the years to which I refer.


The tragedy of Nicaragua was a highly significant case. I choose to offer it here as a potent example of America's view of its role in the world, both then and now.


I was present at a meeting at the US embassy in London in the late 1980s.


The United States Congress was about to decide whether to give more money to the Contras in their campaign against the state of Nicaragua. I was a member of a delegation speaking on behalf of Nicaragua but the most important member of this delegation was a Father John Metcalf. The leader of the US body was Raymond Seitz (then number two to the ambassador, later ambassador himself). Father Metcalf said: 'Sir, I am in charge of a parish in the north of Nicaragua. My parishioners built a school, a health centre, a cultural centre. We have lived in peace. A few months ago a Contra force attacked the parish. They destroyed everything: the school, the health centre, the cultural centre. They raped nurses and teachers, slaughtered doctors, in the most brutal manner. They behaved like savages. Please demand that the US government withdraw its support from this shocking terrorist activity.'


Raymond Seitz had a very good reputation as a rational, responsible and highly sophisticated man. He was greatly respected in diplomatic circles. He listened, paused and then spoke with some gravity. 'Father,' he said, 'let me tell you something. In war, innocent people always suffer.' There was a frozen silence. We stared at him. He did not flinch.


Innocent people, indeed, always suffer.


Finally somebody said: 'But in this case "innocent people" were the victims of a gruesome atrocity subsidised by your government, one among many. If Congress allows the Contras more money further atrocities of this kind will take place. Is this not the case? Is your government not therefore guilty of supporting acts of murder and destruction upon the citizens of a sovereign state?'


Seitz was imperturbable. 'I don't agree that the facts as presented support your assertions,' he said.


As we were leaving the Embassy a US aide told me that he enjoyed my plays. I did not reply.


I should remind you that at the time President Reagan made the following statement: 'The Contras are the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers.'


The United States supported the brutal Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua for over 40 years. The Nicaraguan people, led by the Sandinistas, overthrew this regime in 1979, a breathtaking popular revolution.


The Sandinistas weren't perfect. They possessed their fair share of arrogance and their political philosophy contained a number of contradictory elements. But they were intelligent, rational and civilised. They set out to establish a stable, decent, pluralistic society. The death penalty was abolished. Hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken peasants were brought back from the dead. Over 100,000 families were given title to land. Two thousand schools were built. A quite remarkable literacy campaign reduced illiteracy in the country to less than one seventh. Free education was established and a free health service. Infant mortality was reduced by a third. Polio was eradicated.


The United States denounced these achievements as Marxist/Leninist subversion. In the view of the US government, a dangerous example was being set. If Nicaragua was allowed to establish basic norms of social and economic justice, if it was allowed to raise the standards of health care and education and achieve social unity and national self respect, neighbouring countries would ask the same questions and do the same things. There was of course at the time fierce resistance to the status quo in El Salvador.


I spoke earlier about 'a tapestry of lies' which surrounds us. President Reagan commonly described Nicaragua as a 'totalitarian dungeon'. This was taken generally by the media, and certainly by the British government, as accurate and fair comment. But there was in fact no record of death squads under the Sandinista government. There was no record of torture. There was no record of systematic or official military brutality. No priests were ever murdered in Nicaragua. There were in fact three priests in the government, two Jesuits and a Maryknoll missionary. The totalitarian dungeons were actually next door, in El Salvador and Guatemala. The United States had brought down the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954 and it is estimated that over 200,000 people had been victims of successive military dictatorships.


Six of the most distinguished Jesuits in the world were viciously murdered at the Central American University in San Salvador in 1989 by a battalion of the Alcatl regiment trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA. That extremely brave man Archbishop Romero was assassinated while saying mass. It is estimated that 75,000 people died. Why were they killed? They were killed because they believed a better life was possible and should be achieved. That belief immediately qualified them as communists. They died because they dared to question the status quo, the endless plateau of poverty, disease, degradation and oppression, which had been their birthright.


The United States finally brought down the Sandinista government. It took some years and considerable resistance but relentless economic persecution and 30,000 dead finally undermined the spirit of the Nicaraguan people. They were exhausted and poverty stricken once again. The casinos moved back into the country. Free health and free education were over. Big business returned with a vengeance. 'Democracy' had prevailed.


But this 'policy' was by no means restricted to Central America. It was conducted throughout the world. It was never-ending. And it is as if it never happened.


The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.


Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it.


It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.


I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self love. It's a winner. Listen to all American presidents on television say the words, 'the American people', as in the sentence, 'I say to the American people it is time to pray and to defend the rights of the American people and I ask the American people to trust their president in the action he is about to take on behalf of the American people.'


It's a scintillating stratagem. Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable. This does not apply of course to the 40 million people living below the poverty line and the 2 million men and women imprisoned in the vast gulag of prisons, which extends across the US.


The United States no longer bothers about low intensity conflict. It no longer sees any point in being reticent or even devious. It puts its cards on the table without fear or favour. It quite simply doesn't give a damn about the United Nations, international law or critical dissent, which it regards as impotent and irrelevant. It also has its own bleating little lamb tagging behind it on a lead, the pathetic and supine Great Britain.


What has happened to our moral sensibility? Did we ever have any? What do these words mean? Do they refer to a term very rarely employed these days - conscience? A conscience to do not only with our own acts but to do with our shared responsibility in the acts of others? Is all this dead? Look at Guantanamo Bay. Hundreds of people detained without charge for over three years, with no legal representation or due process, technically detained forever. This totally illegitimate structure is maintained in defiance of the Geneva Convention. It is not only tolerated but hardly thought about by what's called the 'international community'. This criminal outrage is being committed by a country, which declares itself to be 'the leader of the free world'. Do we think about the inhabitants of Guantanamo Bay? What does the media say about them? They pop up occasionally - a small item on page six. They have been consigned to a no man's land from which indeed they may never return. At present many are on hunger strike, being force-fed, including British residents. No niceties in these force-feeding procedures. No sedative or anaesthetic. Just a tube stuck up your nose and into your throat. You vomit blood. This is torture. What has the British Foreign Secretary said about this? Nothing. What has the British Prime Minister said about this? Nothing. Why not? Because the United States has said: to criticise our conduct in Guantanamo Bay constitutes an unfriendly act. You're either with us or against us. So Blair shuts up.


The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading - as a last resort - all other justifications having failed to justify themselves - as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people.


We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'.


How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice. But Bush has been clever. He has not ratified the International Criminal Court of Justice. Therefore if any American soldier or for that matter politician finds himself in the dock Bush has warned that he will send in the marines. But Tony Blair has ratified the Court and is therefore available for prosecution. We can let the Court have his address if they're interested. It is Number 10, Downing Street, London.


Death in this context is irrelevant. Both Bush and Blair place death well away on the back burner. At least 100,000 Iraqis were killed by American bombs and missiles before the Iraq insurgency began. These people are of no moment. Their deaths don't exist. They are blank. They are not even recorded as being dead. 'We don't do body counts,' said the American general Tommy Franks.


Early in the invasion there was a photograph published on the front page of British newspapers of Tony Blair kissing the cheek of a little Iraqi boy. 'A grateful child,' said the caption. A few days later there was a story and photograph, on an inside page, of another four-year-old boy with no arms. His family had been blown up by a missile. He was the only survivor. 'When do I get my arms back?' he asked. The story was dropped. Well, Tony Blair wasn't holding him in his arms, nor the body of any other mutilated child, nor the body of any bloody corpse. Blood is dirty. It dirties your shirt and tie when you're making a sincere speech on television.


The 2,000 American dead are an embarrassment. They are transported to their graves in the dark. Funerals are unobtrusive, out of harm's way. The mutilated rot in their beds, some for the rest of their lives. So the dead and the mutilated both rot, in different kinds of graves.


Here is an extract from a poem by Pablo Neruda, 'I'm Explaining a Few Things':

And one morning all that was burning,
one morning the bonfires
leapt out of the earth
devouring human beings
and from then on fire,
gunpowder from then on,
and from then on blood.
Bandits with planes and Moors,
bandits with finger-rings and duchesses,
bandits with black friars spattering blessings
came through the sky to kill children
and the blood of children ran through the streets
without fuss, like children's blood.

Jackals that the jackals would despise
stones that the dry thistle would bite on and spit out,
vipers that the vipers would abominate.

Face to face with you I have seen the blood
of Spain tower like a tide
to drown you in one wave
of pride and knives.

see my dead house,
look at broken Spain:
from every house burning metal flows
instead of flowers
from every socket of Spain
Spain emerges
and from every dead child a rifle with eyes
and from every crime bullets are born
which will one day find
the bull's eye of your hearts.

And you will ask: why doesn't his poetry
speak of dreams and leaves
and the great volcanoes of his native land.

Come and see the blood in the streets.
Come and see
the blood in the streets.
Come and see the blood
in the streets!*

Let me make it quite clear that in quoting from Neruda's poem I am in no way comparing Republican Spain to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. I quote Neruda because nowhere in contemporary poetry have I read such a powerful visceral description of the bombing of civilians.


I have said earlier that the United States is now totally frank about putting its cards on the table. That is the case. Its official declared policy is now defined as 'full spectrum dominance'. That is not my term, it is theirs. 'Full spectrum dominance' means control of land, sea, air and space and all attendant resources.


The United States now occupies 702 military installations throughout the world in 132 countries, with the honourable exception of Sweden, of course. We don't quite know how they got there but they are there all right.


The United States possesses 8,000 active and operational nuclear warheads. Two thousand are on hair trigger alert, ready to be launched with 15 minutes warning. It is developing new systems of nuclear force, known as bunker busters. The British, ever cooperative, are intending to replace their own nuclear missile, Trident. Who, I wonder, are they aiming at? Osama bin Laden? You? Me? Joe Dokes? China? Paris? Who knows? What we do know is that this infantile insanity - the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons - is at the heart of present American political philosophy. We must remind ourselves that the United States is on a permanent military footing and shows no sign of relaxing it.


Many thousands, if not millions, of people in the United States itself are demonstrably sickened, shamed and angered by their government's actions, but as things stand they are not a coherent political force - yet. But the anxiety, uncertainty and fear which we can see growing daily in the United States is unlikely to diminish.


I know that President Bush has many extremely competent speech writers but I would like to volunteer for the job myself. I propose the following short address which he can make on television to the nation. I see him grave, hair carefully combed, serious, winning, sincere, often beguiling, sometimes employing a wry smile, curiously attractive, a man's man.


'God is good. God is great. God is good. My God is good. Bin Laden's God is bad. His is a bad God. Saddam's God was bad, except he didn't have one. He was a barbarian. We are not barbarians. We don't chop people's heads off. We believe in freedom. So does God. I am not a barbarian. I am the democratically elected leader of a freedom-loving democracy. We are a compassionate society. We give compassionate electrocution and compassionate lethal injection. We are a great nation. I am not a dictator. He is. I am not a barbarian. He is. And he is. They all are. I possess moral authority. You see this fist? This is my moral authority. And don't you forget it.'


A writer's life is a highly vulnerable, almost naked activity. We don't have to weep about that. The writer makes his choice and is stuck with it. But it is true to say that you are open to all the winds, some of them icy indeed. You are out on your own, out on a limb. You find no shelter, no protection - unless you lie - in which case of course you have constructed your own protection and, it could be argued, become a politician.


I have referred to death quite a few times this evening. I shall now quote a poem of my own called 'Death'.

Where was the dead body found?
Who found the dead body?
Was the dead body dead when found?
How was the dead body found?

Who was the dead body?

Who was the father or daughter or brother
Or uncle or sister or mother or son
Of the dead and abandoned body?

Was the body dead when abandoned?
Was the body abandoned?
By whom had it been abandoned?

Was the dead body naked or dressed for a journey?

What made you declare the dead body dead?
Did you declare the dead body dead?
How well did you know the dead body?
How did you know the dead body was dead?

Did you wash the dead body
Did you close both its eyes
Did you bury the body
Did you leave it abandoned
Did you kiss the dead body

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.


I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.


If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.



* Extract from "I'm Explaining a Few Things" translated by Nathaniel Tarn, from Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems, published by Jonathan Cape, London 1970. Used by permission of The Random House Group Limited.



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Claire Lewis
23 min 28 sec - 25-May-06

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Journalist, author, film maker John Pilger speaks in Chicago at Socialism 2007:
Socialism for the 21st Century.

filmed by Paul Hubbard

June 16, 2007

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America likes to talk about

"spreading democracy",
but in his latest film,
John Pilger argues
that the US is actually
stifling its progress

The War on Democracy shows that the principles of democracy can be found more readily among the poorest people of Latin America than anywhere near the corridors of the White House.

It features an exclusive interview with Hugo Chávez and Pilger also speaks to former US government officials who claim the CIA waged covert wars in Latin America. Through this film, Pilger conveys his central belief in the enduring power of the people.

Part I



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Science for Peace Guelph - Films

The following is a list of the films that SforP Guelph both recommends and has access to, either now or sometime this year (some films have not yet been released). We own several of them, others are available from various SforP members and others are available through libraries. Most of these films will be screened at some point at the University of Guelph. We will point you in the direction of somewhere to obtain any of these films as long as the purpose is purely educational and it will be viewed privately in your own home. There will be no charge for home viewing but a small deposit may be required to ensure you return the material. Shipping costs apply in some cases. If you see a title that sounds interesting, please watch it with your friends or family. Email sforp@uoguelph.ca to ask about borrowing a film or to request that one be shown on campus.

The majority f the text below that describes the films is from the producers of the films and not written by SforP Guelph.


The Take (2004, 85 min)

Official website: http://www.nfb.ca/thetake

Note: This film has not yet been released but will be coming to Guelph University in early 2005.

In the wake of Argentina’s spectacular economic collapse in 2001, Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act —the take —has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Director/producer Avi Lewis (Counterspin) and writer/producer and renowned author Naomi Klein (No Logo) take viewers inside the lives of ordinary visionaries, as they reclaim their work, their dignity and their democracy.


The End Of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream (2004, 80 min)

Website: http://www.endofsuburbia.com
Trailer: http://www.endofsuburbia.com/previews.htm

Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too the suburban way of life has become embedded in the American consciousness.Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.


But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.

The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia?


Liberty Bound (2004, 90 min)

Official website: http://www.libertybound.com

Liberty Bound takes an entertaining look at America’s ongoing struggle to keep a comfortable balance between democracy, capitalism, and fascism. This is a film about historic events that shape history. It is a film about courage and fear; ignorance and knowledge; propaganda and rhetoric.


Christine Rose sets out to answer these questions on her quest across America:

-What is fascism and why does that word increasingly appear in the alternative and foreign media when referencing the United States?
-Are we losing our civil liberties?
-Is our very constitution and Bill of Rights in jeopardy?
-Do Americans know what their government is doing?
-How much of the daily news is well-disguised propaganda?


Through original footage, archived footage, and interviews with people such as Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, and Michael Ruppert, Liberty Bound explores the state of the union and its ostensible move toward fascism. We talk with people who have been interrogated by the Secret Service and threatened with arrest for doing such benign things as sending an email, turning around during a Bush speech, and having a philosophical discussion on a train.


Christine also explores the unanswered questions surrounding the attacks of 9/11, and she takes a closer look at the timeline of that terrible day. She examines the US Government’s reasons for going to war with Afghanistan and Iraq. She also delves into the accusations that the Bush Administration knew about the 9/11 attacks and their warlike agenda is actually centered on oil.


Finally, she studies the elements of previous empires and fascist states as compared to recent occurrences in the United States: the loss of civil liberties, police brutality, homeland security, etc.

Liberty Bound leaves us with the question: “Is the United States bound for liberty – or does it just have liberty bound?


The Origins of AIDS (2004, 60 min)

Official website: http://www.galafilm.com
CBC showed this film: http://www.cbc.ca/witness/originsofaids/film.html

The Origins of AIDS aired Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television's WITNESS. The critically acclaimed documentary also won a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago Television Festival and Best Director at the 2004 Hot Docs.

Did scientists inadvertently cause the AIDS epidemic? The Origins of Aids is a compelling exploration of a largely ignored theory of how AIDS was introduced to the human population. The deadliest disease known to mankind may have been the final legacy of colonialism.

More than 20 years after the AIDS epidemic started, we still do not know its origins. We know for sure that AIDS was born from contact between humans and chimpanzees infected by the Simian Immuno-deficiency Virus (SIV), a virus very similar to HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus). But where, when and how did this devastating contact occur?

Many believe that the answer is hidden in the research undertaken by scientist Hilary Koprowski to find a cure to the polio epidemic. Between 1957 and 1960, Koprowski injected his experimental vaccine into almost one million Africans. To manufacture his vaccine, Koprowski had to use monkeys, and evidence shows that Koprowski used chimpanzees.

The scientific community is torn by dissension around this extraordinary controversy. As the scientific community's ethical responsibilities are called into question, the debate over the origins of AIDS rages on.


The Corporation (2003, 145 min)

Official website: http://www.thecorporation.tv
Trailer: http://www.thecorporation.tv/trailer

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the 4corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.



Canada: Yes or No? Towards Election 2004 (2003, 80 min)
Featuring Mel Hurtig

This video, which contains new information that has become available since Mel Hurtig's 2002 best-seller The Vanishing Country was published, documents the overwhelming amount of foreign ownership which has swamped Canada, and the remarkable economic damage done to Canada by the FTA and NAFTA. It also identifies "The Radical Right", a Canadian plutocracy which is lobbying to quickly move us towards even more American ownership, standards, policies, and values.

Watch this film for FREE online right now at: http://www.vivelecanada.ca/downloads/Canada-Yes-or-No.rm
More info: http://www.vivelecanada.ca/staticpages/index.php?page=20031214230943175


War and Globalisation: The Truth Behind September 11 (2003, 120 min)

In this timely study, Michel Chossudovsky (professor of economics at the University of Ottawa) blows away the smokescreen, put up by the mainstream media, that 9-11 was an "intelligence failure". Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the coverup and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

According to Chossudovsky, the so-called "war on terrorism" is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $30 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus.


The "war on terrorism" is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the "New World Order", dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.


September 11, 2001 was the moment the Bush Administration had been waiting for, the so-called "useful crisis" which provided a pretext for waging a war without borders.


The hidden agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire right around the world to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control outside the U.S. and a police state on the inside.

Chossudovsky peels back the layers of rhetoric to reveal a huge hoax — a complex web of deceit aimed at tricking the American people and the rest of the world into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity.



No Logo: Brands, Globalization, Resistance (2003, 40 min)

Official website + trailer: http://www.mediaed.org/videos/CommercialismPoliticsAndMedia/NoLogo
Also see: http://www.nologo.org
View a similar film online: http://members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/logo/nologofilm.htm

Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work (the dynamics of corporate globalization) impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the democratic resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands. Based on the book by Naomi Klein.


Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003, 90 min)

Website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar
Trailer: http://videodetective.com/home.asp?PublishedID=846203
Also see: http://www.errolmorris.com

It is the story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on an insider's view of the seminal events of the 20th Century. Why was this past Century the most destructive and deadly in all of human history? Are we doomed to repeat our mistakes? Are we free to make choices, or are we at the mercy of inexorable historical forces and ideologies?


From the firebombing of 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo in 1945 to the brink of nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban missile crisis to the
devastating effects of the Vietnam War, The Fog of War examines the psychology and reasoning of the government decision-makers who send men to war. How were decisions made and for what reason? What can we learn from these historical events?

As American forces occupy Iraq and the possibility of additional military conflict looms large, The Fog of War is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand how the American government justifies the use of military force. Combining extraordinary archival footage, recreations, newly declassified White House recordings, and an original score by the Oscar nominated composer, Philip Glass, the film is a disquieting and powerful essay on war, rationality, and human nature.


Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003, 50 min)

Info & trailer (Quicktime): http://www.atmo.se/zino.aspx?articleID=382
Trailers (flash): http://www.atmo.se/zino.aspx?articleID=402

Consumer confidence has been low since September 11. A successful war against Iraq was supposed to be the only way to restore that confidence - and our happiness. But is shopping our salvation? Do we have a choice? Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite our wealth?

Surplus’ approach is to portray this issue from an emotional rather than a factual perspective: in the US, India, China, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Cuba. George W Bush’s famous "shopping-speech" calling for a war against terrorism that deters the nation from the fear of consumption. Castro responding with hymns to the anti-consumerist, advertising-free island of
Cuba. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer preaching that the computer will give us peace on earth ‘bringing people together’ while Adbuster Kalle Lasn warns that advertising pollutes us mentally, that over-consumption is unsustainable and that we are running out of oil.


Arsenal of Hypocrisy (2003, 60 min)

Official website: http://www.arsenalofhypocrisy.com

Bruce Gagnon, Noam Chomsky and Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell talk aboutthe dangers of moving the arms race into space. The one-hour productionfeatures archival footage, Pentagon documents, and outlines the U.S. planto "control and dominate" space and the Earth below. The video spells out thedangers of the Bush "Nuclear Systems Initiative" that will expand the use ofnuclear power in space by building Project Prometheus -- the nuclear rocket.


Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War (2003, 60 min)

Official website: www.truthuncovered.com
Watch this for FREE online now: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6423.htm

This controversial and arresting film takes you behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out, many for the first time, detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons to fight a "preemptive" war that wasn't necessary. The war with Iraq brought about unparalleled resistance, both in the streets and in the chambers of government. This documentary offers an in-depth look at the unsettling distortion of intelligence and the "spin and hype" presented to the American people, the Congress and the press. Fighting wars to bring about regime change is in breach of international law. Yet, throughout the fall of 2002, and into the weeks preceding the war in Iraq, the Bush administration systematically distorted intelligence evidence and misled the public in order to turn opinion in favor of "regime change" in Iraq.


Whose University Is It? (2003, 50 min)

When the boardroom takes on the brain trust and the students wind up in jail, you have to ask whose university is it? Using Trent as an example, this documentary poses that very question as it examines how the values of the free market are destroying our universities. Once a place of ideas they are now becoming businesses where visionaries are being replaced by administrators and students are being reduced to lowly consumers. Trent is not a very large school. It is not near to any major urban center. But what is happening there will have an impact on the future of all universities across the country. The movie documents the passionate struggle of a community determined to resist the corporatisation of their university campus.


AfterMath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (2002, 35 min film + 90 min of extra material)

Official website + trailers: http://gnn.tv/after_math

In this investigative documentary, Former Inspector General of the Dept. of Transportation and attorney Mary Schiavo, UC Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott, author and professor Michel Chossudovsky, From the Wilderness' Mike Ruppert, and author Nafeez Ahmed, among others, raise critical, unresolved questions surrounding the tragedy of September 11. AfterMath investigates the troubling span of issues that have arisen since the attacks, including: the negligence of military officials in immediately reacting to the hijackings, proven links between the hijackers, Pakistani intelligence (ISI) and the CIA, the role of oil in the Eurasian conflict and, finally, the impact of post-911 legislation on American civil liberties.


The Carlyle Connection (2003, 60 min)

Film info: http://portal.omroep.nl/nossites?nav=annyHsHjCqBtEyGzGeC

A revealing documentary about the international world of private equity banking The Carlyle Group, one of the largest investment banks in the world, is based in Washington and has accumulated its capital mainly by investments in the defence industry. On their list of employees are people like Lou Gerstner (former chairman of IBM), George Bush Sr., James Baker III, John Major (former British Prime Minister) and Fidel Ramos (former Prime Minister of the Philipines).


The Carlyle Group invests in areas that are closely tied to government policy: aero space and defense, telecom, real estate, health care and the banking business. With 16 billion dollar under management they have the reputation of being the best-connected company in the world. Their list of private investors include George Soros, the Saudi Royal Family and the Bin Laden Family.

How does the Carlyle Group operate, who are the people behind the Carlyle Group and how much power does Carlyle have? This film explores the fine line between the conflict of interests and a new global way of doing business.


Invisible War: Depleted Uranium and the Politics of Radiation (2002, 65 min)

Trailer: http://webhome.primus.ca/gwishart/invisible.ram

An excellent report on the attempts to expose the destructive effects of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons which were heavily used for the first time in the 1991 Gulf War and later in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo. The video features testimonies from Gulf War veterans detailing their ailments. Although there were less than 200 casualties from warfare, 250,000 veterans out of 700,000 have developed medical problems since 1991. There are presentations by science researchers about the toxic DU features, and how exposure to them are associated with increased levels of cancer and birth deformities. Explains that DU is a radioactive weapon with a shelf life of 4 1/2 billion years that continues to injure civilians who touch the remaining charred tanks and bullets. Claims that private US clean-up crews are secretly removing destroyed tanks in Kuwait, and it took 3 years to remove 24 tanks. Many contaminated tanks still remain littering the roads. Claims that research has been continually thwarted by US agencies and the Pentagon whose representatives claim repeatedly in the video that DU is safe. Points out that there have been Congressional hearings, Congressional orders for military research (1993) that never materialized, a conference in Baghdad (1998) with international scientific participation, a UN Commission that was unable to access requested US reports, and many investigation attempts, but there are still no conclusive published reports on DU. Includes footage of planes, explosions, wreckage, and agonizing photos of deformed babies. The information and production are excellent.


The Weather Underground (2002, 90 min)

Official website: http://www.upstatefilms.org/weather/main.html

In October 1969 hundreds of young people, clad in football helmets and wielding lead pipes, marched through an upscale Chicago shopping district, pummeling parked cars and smashing shop windows in their path.

This was the first demonstration of the Weather Underground's "Days of Rage." Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, the organization waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history.

The Weather Underground is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list. ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


Helen Caldicott: The New Nuclear Danger (2002, 40 min)

Helen Caldicott on Democracy Now talking about her book: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/0256245
Audio: http://stream.realimpact.net/rihurl.ram?file=webactive/demnow//dn20020418.ra&start=46:12.1

Helen Caldicott (a Nobel Peace Prize nominee) gives a passionate lecture on her book (The New Nuclear Danger: George W Bush's Military Industrial Complex) detailing some aspects of the current nuclear danger generated by the “nuclear cowboys” in the Bush administration, the power of the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, and the Heritage Foundation “that runs the country”. She discusses the half-trillion spent on “death”, Star Wars and the plans for the US militarization of space with orbiting hydrogen bombs, and how scientists are testing plutonium underneath the desert. She discusses 9/11, “where were the courts?”. and our attack on Afganistan as “cyberspace genocide” to test our new weapons which she details. She is convinced Bush will use bombs in Iraq and that Israel lies in waiting with its 200 nuclear weapons. She gives a brief history how no one took control of the development of nuclear weapons, and in 1995, because of a mistake in Norway, we were 10 seconds away from nuclear war. She is appalled that the US does not offer free health and education. She hopes the people will lead a new revolution to end the nuclear age. Information is good and the production is excellent. (Helen Caldicott was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Guelph, among many others).


Toxic Sludge Is Good For You (2002, 45 min)

Official website + trailer: http://www.mediaed.org/videos/CommercialismPoliticsAndMedia/ToxicSludge

While advertising is the visible component of the corporate system, perhaps even more important and pervasive is its invisible partner, the public relations industry. This video illuminates this hidden sphere of our culture and examines the way in which the management of 'the public mind' has become central to how our democracy is controlled by political and economic elites. It illustrates how much of what we think of as independent, unbiased news and information has its origins in the boardrooms of public relations companies. The video analyzes the tools public relations professionals use to shift our perceptions including a look at the coordinated PR campaign to slip genetically engineered food past public scrutiny.


Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002, 50 min)

Official website: http://unprecedented.org
Watch film for FREE online here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5278.htm

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Filmmakers Richard Ray Pérez and Joan Sekler examine modern America's most controversial political contest: the election of George W. Bush. What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother. George W. Bush stole the presidency of the United States… and got away with it. " …the movie highlights those on the front lines —from the African-Americans who were turned away from the polling booths for assorted reasons. In one memorable scene the filmmakers freeze-frame a 'protest' against the ballot recount, identifying participants as staff members of Republican elected officials." --Elaine Dutka, Los Angeles Times


Distorted Morality: America's War on Terror? (2002, 115 min)

Starring Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality - America's War on Terror? features scholar

Noam Chomsky presenting his thesis before an audience at Harvard University on
February 6, 2002. He provides logical support for his argument against the
U.S. government's proposed war on terror. Using thoughtful analysis and cited
sources, Chomsky reveals instances where the U.S. government has favored
terrorism in order to achieve its own means. Following the speech, he engages

in an hour-long Q & A session in which he defends his position.


Hidden Wars of Desert Storm Video (2002, 65 min)

Official website: http://www.hiddenwars.com

A fast- paced documentary presenting a strong point of view. The first part concentrates primarily on the history of US relations with Iraq from post World War 11 through the Gulf War in 1991, although there is only slight mention of the Iran-Iraq War, how the US hid the fact of its giving arms to Iran, and how agricultural money given to Iraq was used for arms. The history focuses on the US attempt to control the Middle East oil fields after World War 11, and in response to both Iran’s and Iraq’s subsequent move to nationalize their resources, the US took political action to keep control, including backing a coup bringing Hussein to power in 1968, and supporting him until l972 when he nationalized the oil fields. From then on Saddam was demonized allowing the US to gain influence in the Middle East. The Gulf war promoted enormous US arms sales, and a US military base in Saudi Arabia by lying about Iraq threats to the Saudi borders. The US kept Hussein in power by not supporting his opposition groups. Saddam is a convenient “devil” because we can then justify US presence in Middle East countries that do not welcome us. Iraqis are the losers. The video points to the devastating effects of the embargo with many photos of dying children in hospitals that have inadequate medical supplies. The video ends with focus on DU, depleted uranium, used in the Gulf War, and its ongoing destructive effects on both US veterans and Iraqi civilians. The Pentagon was unwilling to warn the troops to take necessary precautions, it denies that the veterans have associated problems, and it attempts to suppress research on the subject. The video recommends the UN create an oversight panel to deal with violations of international law. The production is excellent with footage and interviews with prominent personalities, Schwarzkopf, Ramsey Clark, and Scott Ritter. (SforP actually only has the uncut source material - 6 hours - at this time but we are trying to get the edited version)


The Great Deception: The War on Terrorism - An Alternative View (2002, 40 min)

Media critic Barrie Zwicker, the host of VisionTV Insight: Mediafile, is one of the few North American journalists to offer an alternative viewpoint on the Sept. 11 tragedy. In this provocative six-part series of Mediafile commentaries, he challenges the official explanation for the attacks and considers the troubling implications of America’s new war.

Poring over a wealth of published material, Zwicker finds much that has gone unexamined – from the apparent breakdown of American air defenses on Sept. 11, to the longstanding ties between U.S. intelligence and Osama bin Laden. He also takes a hard look at the actions of President George W. Bush in the midst of the crisis. And he ventures to ask what role U.S. oil interests may have played in these events.

Zwicker’s carefully researched analysis has prompted more e-mails, letters and phone calls than any single program in the VisionTV’s history. Ultimately, it compels the viewer to ponder the unanswered question: Whose interests are really served by the “war on terrorism”?


Power And Terror: Noam Chomsky In Our Times (2002, 70 min)

Official website + trailer: http://www.powerandterror.com

Power and Terror presents the latest in Noam Chomsky's thinking, through a lengthy interview and a series of public talks that he gave in New York and California during the spring of 2002. As he has done countless times since September 11, he places the terrorist attacks in the context of American foreign intervention throughout the postwar decades - in Vietnam, Central America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Beginning with the fundamental principle that the exercise of violence against civilian populations is terror, regardless of whether the perpetrator is a well-organized band of Muslim extremists or a powerful state, Chomsky - in stark and uncompromising terms - challenges the United States to apply to its own actions the moral standards it demands of others. What emerges from the footage is a compelling portrait of the activist intellectual, who has been called the "rebel without a pause" by Bono, lead singer of the band U2. His is arguably the most important voice of dissent in the United States today.


Gaza Strip (2002, 75 min)

Website: http://www.littleredbutton.com/gaza
Slideshow: (click on first image) http://www.littleredbutton.com/gaza/index2.html
Film info: http://www.globalvisionsfestival.com/2002/gaza_strip.php

Gaza Strip is a heart wrenching portrayal of a population under siege. American director James Longley took his camera to the Gaza Strip in early 2001 to record a side of the Israeli/Palestinian struggle he felt was not being represented in the US media. His principal subject is a 13-year-old newsboy, Mohammed Hejazi, who is the main support of his family and whose main recreation is playing chicken with Israeli tanks—a game at which a number of his friends have already been killed.
The film is filmed almost entirely in a verite style, presented without narration and with little explanation, focusing on ordinary Palestinians rather than politicians and pundits. More observation than political argument, Gaza Strip offers a bleak look inside the stark realities of Palestinian life and death under Israeli military occupation from the perspective of the Arab on the street.


Drug Deals: The Brave New World Of Prescription Drugs (2001, 50 min)

Official website: http://www.onf.ca/drugdeals

Drug Deals provides an in-depth investigation into the impact that industrial funding may be having on the goals and ethics of medicine. A bereaved father's search for answers leads us into the "brave new world of prescription drugs". On March 19, 2000 a 15-year-old high school student named Vanessa Young collapsed of cardiac arrest in her father's study. The next day she was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that there was nothing wrong with Vanessa's heart and that the only drug in her system was the exact prescribed dose of a heartburn medication called Cisapride. One week after Vanessa's death, the FDA withdrew Cisapride from the market citing a "rare but serious" risk of life threatening heart disorders.
Drug Deals examines the degree to which universities, hospitals, doctors, researchers and health protection agencies all find themselves increasingly influenced by the power and money behind the pharmaceutical industry. And it follows the families and their tragic struggle to make sense of a system, which sometimes seems to be putting dollars before lives.


Fidel: The Untold Story (2001, 90 min)

The new documentary film by Estela Bravo, Fidel, offers a unique opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, historians, public figures and close friends, with footage from the Cuban State archives. Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss the personality of the man. Former and current US government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba. Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the personal life of Fidel. Bravo's camera captures him swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Muhammad Ali, meeting Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena Vista Social Club.


Truth and Lies of 9-11 (2001, 140 min)

Ever since the horrifying deaths of thousands on September 11, in the attacks on the World Trade towers and the Pentagon, disturbing questions have been raised about the possible involvement of some parts of the U.S. security apparatus or Administration. These questions have been supported by extensive circumstantial evidence and are currenly being investigated by several U.S. Congressional Committees. Furthermore, the U.S. media have reported on the well known relationship which exists between President George W. Bush, the Carlyle Group, several oil companies and the Bin Laden Family. As yet, there is not conclusive proof either of the correctness or error of such allegations with respect to potential U.S. involement in the events of September 11, 2001. The film records a lecture Michel Ruppert gave in Portland State University on November 28, 2001. It goes over much of the evidence and the known relationships between some of the principle figures using verifiable sources for his statements.


The Hidden Story: Confronting Columbia's Dirty War (2001, 30 min)

The media has had a powerful influence in shaping Colombia's international image. However, camouflaged by its fascination with drug violence are human rights violations the media has largely ignored. The Hidden story analyses the roots of the conflict, the role of the US-sponsored Plan Colombia as well as Canada's connection to the crisis.


The Genetic Takeover Or Mutant Food (2000, 50 min)

Have we become unwitting guinea pigs for multinationals who blithely disregard millions of years of evolution? Genetically modified plants have become part of our daily diet and are already found in 75% of processed foods. This revolution has occurred without consumer awareness or knowledge of potential risks to our health and to the environment, despite vigorous condemnation from many scientists and farmers of the absence of independent, adequate testing. In response to consumer demands, many European and Asian countries have instituted mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods, but North America has been slow to react.


The Secret History Of WWII Science (2000, 22 min)

During World War II, Canada and the National Research Council played an important, but secretive role in the war effort, putting the sciences of life into the service of death. Frederick Banting was entrusted with biomedical research and directed labs whose activities even today send chills up our spines. The Banting and Best Institute inherited several helpful military research projects: High altitude problems with aviators, and seasickness with mariners. But Canada became the Allied stronghold in the development of chemical and bacterial weapons. Under the utmost secrecy, testing on mustard gas exposure was carried out on animals and on human guinea pigs. The isolated, abandoned immigrant quarantine station at Grosse Île became the biological war station of the Allies, where anthrax was mass produced.


Wall Street's War for Drug Money (2000, 100 minutes)

After two years Mike's first professional quality video is a live lecture for

the USC School of International Relations on 12/08/00. This is a quantum leap
in FTW's information and understanding about how drug money permeates Wall
Street and why a Colombian Vietnam is both inevitable and essential to stave

off a huge economic crash. "If you get nothing else, get this. It will change
your life and it may save lives." Mike Ruppert


The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season (2000, 6 hours)

Check out http://michaelmoore.com

From the acclaimed filmmaker who brought you Roger & Me comes the most daring documentary show to hit the American Public since Moore’s TV Nation. Michael Moore, hailed by the New York Times as a modern-day Mark Twain, is at it again with the show that was shut down by the mayor of NYC, got Moore sued by a wealthy industrialist, and landed his Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken in Disney World’s very own jail. Shot in his signature guerilla video style, each half hour episode is filled with scathingly funny observations that bridge comedy and controversy and places Moore in the middle of today’s hot topics.

This is the complete first season of Michael Moore's cable TV show called The Aweful Truth. There are twelve 30-minute episodes per season and we have both seasons.


What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy - a compilation by Frank Dorrel (2000, 120 min)
Subtitled: CIA Covert Operations and US military Interventions Since WWII: The War Against the Third World

Official website: http://www.addictedtowar.com/dorrel.html

A compilation of excerpts from 10 different professional documentaries, edited by Frank Dorrel.
1. Public speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. (3 min) for civil rights and against the US war in Vietnam.
2. Interview with John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief (6 min), who gives a short history of CIA covert operations and estimates that over 6 million people have died in CIA covert actions.
3. "The Secret Government" (22 min) by Bill Moyers (aired on PBS in 1987). Moyers interviews many different people involved with the CIA and other government agencies providing an overview of the CIA history.
4. "Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair" (23 min) directed by Barbara Trent (about Pentagon, arms sale, drugs trafficking).
5. "School of Assassins" (13 min) narrated by Susan Sarandon and features Father Roy Bourgeois, talking about School of America (Fort Benning, Georgia, USA) and its graduates.
6. "Genocide by Sanctions" (13 min) produced by Gloria La Riva, features former Attorney General of the United States, Ramsey Clark, as he goes to Iraq.
7. "Genocides in Indonesia and East Timor" (4 min) by Amy Goodman, journalist and host of "Democracy Now" on Pacifica's WBAI FM Radio in New York. She is talking about two genocides Indonesia has committed. First against it's own people in 1965, then against the people of East Timor in 1975. Both of these mass slaughters were sanctioned by the United States government and aided by the CIA.
8. "The Panama Deception" (20 min) directed by Barbara Trent. How the US attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against.

9. Public speech of Ramsey Clark (7 min), former Attorney General of the United States (1998, Los Angeles, evening "Save the Iraqi Children"), the sorry truth about US foreign policy.
10. "The healing of Brian Wilson" (10 min), the Vietnam veteran, who Wages Peace against US foreign policies.


Falun Gong: The Real Story (1999, 30 min)

Website: http://www.falundafa.org

A brief presentation of the Chinese spiritual movement founded in l992 by Li Hongzhi based on Buddist and Taoist principles. China reversed its tolerant attitude in 1999 after 10,000 non-violent protesters assembled in Beijing and received world publicity. The practice was banned, books burned, practitioners detained, jailed and tortured. The video includes speeches of Li Hongzhi who resides in the US, testimonies of those who claim improved health from the practice, and people exercising throughout the world. The video suggests that China feels threatened by the millions attracted to Falun Gong.


Coverup - Behind the Iran-Contra Affair (1988, 90 min)


The Iran-Contra scandal was not an aberration - it was part of a pattern of abuses of power by a
shadow government willing to subvert domestic and international law to ensure the United States' continued global dominance. Coverup is an investigative documentary about world-wide covert activities backed by the U.S. Government. . .activities that were not revealed by the Iran-Contra Hearings of the U.S. Congress. It wades in where the official hearings were afraid to tread, revealing a tangled web of political leaders, international drug smugglers, weapons dealers, hostages, assassinations, the C.I.A. and the effect of covert U.S. foreign policy on people thoughout the world. More: http://www.webslingerz.com/eclauset/mediasouth/project/cu/


Advertising & the End of the World (1998, 50 min)

Official website + trailer: http://www.mediaed.org/videos/CommercialismPoliticsAndMedia/Advertising_EndOfWorld

This film is about how advertising is driving the coming environmental crisis by pushing us constantly towards consumer goods to satisfy our needs for love, friendship and autonomy. What it will take for us to leave a world fit for human habitation for future generations. Advertising & the End of the World features an illustrated presentation by Sut Jhally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Focusing directly on the world of commercial images, he asks some basic questions about the cultural messages emanating from this market-based view of the world: Do our present arrangements deliver what they claim-- happiness and satisfaction? Can we think about our collective as well as our private interests? And, can we think long-term as well as short-term? Drawing from the broad arena of commercial imagery, and utilizing sophisticated graphics, Advertising & the End of the World addresses the issues these questions raise, encouraging viewers to reflect on their own participation in the culture of consumption. Making the connection between society's high-consumption lifestyle and the coming environmental crisis, Jhally forces us to evaluate the physical and material costs of the consumer society and how long we can maintain our present level of production.


Metal Of Dishonor: Depleted Uranium, the Pentagon's Secret Weapon (1998, 50 min) *****

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An award-winning independent documentary seriesmade of seven one-hour parts

“Powerful testimonies! This certainly deserves to be seen by a broad audience. You have done an excellent job.”
- Howard Zinn

Featuring: Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Arno Mayer, Amy Goodman, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Scott Ritter, Susan Sarandon, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Nelson Mandela, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu, The Nation, Ramsey Clark, Danny Glover, Angela Davis, Jessica Lange, Greg Palast, Ossie Davis, American Civil Liberties Union, Indymedia, Al Sharpton, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Democracy Now!, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, FAIR, Pacifica Foundation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, MediaChannel, Not in Our Name, International ANSWER and many other voices of dissent.



There are years when nothing happens and then days that change the course of History. From September 2002 to May 2003 we met with intellectuals, journalists, university professors, writers, historians, political analysts, international observers, human rights organizations, civil rights fighters, religious leaders, peace and anti war activists, asking questions to understand these years in which we are living and try to put together the many pieces of a complicated puzzle. The picture that comes alive is – to paraphrase James Baldwin – “longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it”.


Video Gallery2000 Presidential Elections and September 11, 2001. Afghanistan, Iraq, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The first Gulf War and the UN sanctions against Iraq. Saddam Hussein and the inspections. The axis of evil, the coalition of the willing and collateral damages. News, media, concentrations of power and censorship. The Middle East and the old and new colonialism. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, civil liberties and human rights. United Nations, International Criminal Court and the Old Europe. War, peace and patriotism. The anti war movement, oil, blood and the voices of dissent. Is it possible to find interconnecting links?


“XXI CENTURY”, a documentary film in seven parts, tries to give some answers but above all wants to keep asking questions. It tries to regard problems from a new angle since we agree with Albert Einstein that “the mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution”.


Read on for an overview of all seven parts...


XXI CENTURY: PART 1 of 7 – The Dawn


“XXI CENTURY” starts its journey from the presidential elections 2000. What happened in those elections? Who really won the State of Florida? How many Americans could not vote in Florida that day? Why? Who were they? Why was the Supreme Court called to decide who was the winner? Did the media do their job? Howard Zinn talks about a “political coup” and Gore Vidal refers to the 2000 Presidential Elections as “the end of the Republic”. Why?


Gore VidalEverybody in the world knows what September 11th, 2001 means. But how many people know what really happened that day? Who were the terrorists who attacked us? Why did they do it? How and with whose money? And how was it possible? Has there been an investigation? Why did Henry Kissinger resign from the presidential commission? The BBC and The Guardian investigative reporter Greg Palast tells us the “most censored story in America”. Gore Vidal and Arno Mayer reflect critically on this event and with extraordinary clarity of mind open new views and formulate new challenges.


XXI CENTURY: PART 2 of 7 – … and the pursuit of Happiness


The second part of “XXI CENTURY” tells us the story of what has happened in America after September 11th, 2001. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Freedom, democracy and the First Amendment. The Patriot Act and Guantanamo. We asked these questions to American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International and many other civil rights fighters. Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn and many others question the “official version” and the status quo.


Howard ZinnIn this part we also see and analyze the response of the people of the United States of America. Rallies and demonstrations had never before been so crowded and frequent as in this anti war movement which – to use Noam Chomsky’s words – “it’s not just opposition to war, it’s a lack of faith in the leaderships”. We go back over the fear to speak out against the Bush Administration and record the rising of the biggest anti war movement the United States has ever had. How effective has the peace movement been? What’s its future?


XXI CENTURY: PART 3 of 7 – … and nothing but the truth


Who is the very famous American journalist who went to the BBC in London to denounce that if he dared to ask serious questions he would be called unpatriotic and lynched? And who is the other very famous American journalist who said, referring to Iraq: “in a few days we are going to own that country”?


Amy GoodmanIn this third part of the documentary we dare to put under trial the media complex, and particularly those news outlets which sold their soul and worked as the propaganda machine of the power. A meaningful list of concrete examples is told to us by some of the most irreverent, honest and bravest journalists and news people.

Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Arno Mayer, Greg Palast of BBC and The Guardian, Katha Pollitt of The Nation, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Emily Reinhard of Indymedia, Danny Schechter of MediaChannel.org and many others will enumerate examples of how the mainstream media abdicated its public role as watchdog of the power.


XXI CENTURY: PART 4 of 7 – War, Peace and Patriotism


Desmond TutuDavid Cline, a Vietnam war veteran and president of Veterans for Peace, remembers his personal story and gives us an idea of what a war looks like. We get to know the notorious “chicken-hawks” and how they succeeded to avoid going to war. The historian Michael Foley helps us to go back to the Vietnam War period and other veterans tell us about their coming back. The artist Dread Scott recalls his work “What’s the proper way to display the US flag” and with him we start to talk about patriotism.


We asked Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch about the military spending and the new weapons. The Nobel Peace Prize Nelson Mandela reflects on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs while a Hiroshima survivor, remembers that tragic event.

With the help of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn we go back to the anti war movement. Angela Davis, Susan Sarandon, Desmond Tutu, Jessica Lange, Tim Robbins, Ossie Davis, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Patti Smith...


“God bless America”, Bush says. “God bless the world”, they reply.


XXI CENTURY: PART 5 of 7 – Civilization


Zainab Baharani is an Art Historian at Columbia University who was born in Baghdad. With her we retrace the famous civilizations of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. She also describes in detail the damages to the Iraqi architectural and artistic heritage due to the first Gulf war, the sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the bombings of this war.


Susan SarandonWorld War I, the collapsing of the Ottoman Empire and the partition of the Middle East. Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party. The close ties between the Reagan and Bush Administrations with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war. The use of gas against the Iranians and the Kurds. The weapons of mass destruction and the money behind them. Finally the invasion of Kuwait, the first Gulf war, the UN sanctions against Iraq and their effects on the civilian population.


All of this and much more are discussed by historians, international law scholars, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and many others.


XXI CENTURY: PART 6 of 7 – Blood and Oil


While the war against Iraq was approaching, many international organizations were working to foresee the effects of a new conflict on the civilian population and the Iraqi economy. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War tell us about the possible scenario of this recent war. What was the price? And who paid it?


UN and the International Criminal Court. Weapons of mass destruction and the inspections. Oil, US military bases in the Middle East and the doubts of part of the American Establishment.


Scott RitterWhat’s the connection between Iraq and Venezuela? Why did BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast go to Venezuela?


Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians, free thinkers and the former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter tell us “the other version” and help us to question and deconstruct the lies which we have too often been told.


Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn share their critiques and propose their point of views. Finally the historian Arno J. Mayer opens new horizons and talks about a missing link.


XXI CENTURY: PART 7 of 7 – Pax Americana

In the last part of “XXI CENTURY” we try to regard the problem from a new angle.


Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians and international scholars will deconstruct the arguments relative to human rights and bringing democracy to Iraq that were brought by the Bush Administration as the main reasons to go to war.

Noam ChomskyThe Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the connections between the Bush Administration and the Sharon Government; the geopolitical scenario after the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are discussed by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians and international scholars. The Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni will add his passionate point of view.

We also take a look at who’s who in the Bush Administration and beyond and propose an interesting point of view on the “Old Europe business.”

Noam Chomsky recalls the 80s and reminds us that in Washington now there are the same people. Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, and Arno Mayer will try to see and foresee the century that has just – and so tragically – started. The XXI Century has begun.

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