Maker of ‘Outfoxed’ turns lens on Iraq war
The following films are shown at 7:35 p.m. at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City; admission is $4. A discussion takes place after the screening.
Nov. 7 Ð “Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers” (2006). Who’s getting killed. Who’s making a killing! This is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (“Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” “Outfoxed,” and “Uncovered”) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. This movie uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
Is this the reason why we fight? Could corporate profits be the reason for the wars of the twentieth century and the “war on terror” that we are told will last through the twenty-first? Could this film also be called: “America for Sale: The cost of privatization”? 75 minutes; http://www.iraqforsale.org.
Nov. 14 Ð “Money as Debt” (2006). This fast-paced and highly entertaining animated feature by artist and videographer, Paul Grignon explains today’s magically perverse debt-money system in terms that are easy to understand. In plain English it 1) explains how fractional reserve banking began, 2) identifies many of the problems caused by our existing debt-based money system and 3) defines what we can do to break this cycle of debt and, through monetary reform such as the American Monetary Act promoted by American Monetary Institute, telling us how we can have an honest, debt-free monetary system which will provide huge benefits to the American people. 47 minutes; http://www.moneyasdebt.net.
Nov. 21 Ð “Soldiers Speak Out” (2006). Soldiers Speak Out is a powerful, first-hand testament to the reality of the military experience, told entirely in the words of American veterans who have been to war and are now opposing it. It sheds light on the growing and courageous anti-war and anti-occupation movement within the military and their families. We hear how they came to join the military, about their experiences in training and in war, and what led to the turning point when they decided they could no longer, in good conscience, participate in the war, or keep silent. This film can serve as a counter-recruitment and organizing tool for activists, schools and organizations. 92 minutes; http://www.empowermentproject.com.
Nov. 28 Ð “Corrections” (2005). Corrections is a feature documentary about private prisons. It is a story of justice turned to profit and the commercialization of the U.S. prison system where the war on crime has found new investors. After 30 years of a War on Drugs, tough-on-crime politics, and a seven-fold increase in prisoner populations, America’s prison system now desires its own growth for reasons “other than justice.” The film takes us to the Dixieland music and balloons of a prison trade show; to a poor town in Michigan which lobbies to get a new prison; and to a juvenile prison, where a private corporation profits off the new laws which sentence more children as adults. 55 minutes; http://www.twn.org or http://www.correctionsproject.com.
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