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Movies / Documentaries

THE SECRET GOVERNMENT
The Constitution in Crisis
A Special Report by Bill Moyers
(1½ hour history lesson from 1987)



Adam Curtis' in-depth BBC Documentaries
Highly recommended for people who think.

Ominous and intriguing with brilliant use of archival footage, Adam Curtis' work
gets to the underlying psychology and history of today's global situation.



Adam Curtis' latest:
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace



The Trap:
What Happened to our Dream of Freedom

Series by Adam Curtis

Episode One       Episode Two       Episode Three

  
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  THE TRAP:
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR DREAM OF FREEDOM

This series explores how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom.  This model was derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War to control the behaviour of the Soviet enemy.  Mathematicians such as John Nash (perhaps NOT such a Beautiful Mind) developed paranoid game theories whose equations required people to be seen as selfish and isolated creatures, constantly monitoring each other suspiciously always intent on their own advantage.  We are, says Curtis, in a trap of our own making that controls us, deprives us of meaning and causes death and chaos abroad.
 



The Power of Nightmares
This series explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today.
Episode One       Episode Two       Episode Three

  
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  THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES
In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world.  Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.  The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network.  But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.  The Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.
 



The Century Of The Self
"This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy." ~ Adam Curtis
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
  
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  CENTURY OF THE SELF
The acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.  To many in politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people... or has it?  This is the untold story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States.  How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?
 



      Movies/Documentaries      

           Arlington West
The film, Arlington West, allows all to witness the poignant conversations, dramatic revelations, silences, personal experience, and share the tears with those who are paying the highest prices for war.  A full array of opinions and sentiments are presented: Active Duty Soldiers and Marines, Military Families, Veterans, and Children are featured in this revealing 74 minute documentary.

see trailer here (RealPlayer)
Arlington West           



           The War Tapes      The War Tapes
Straight from the front lines in Iraq, The War Tapes is the first war movie filmed by soldiers themselves.  The film is powerful and moving, conveying both the passion and mindset of American soldiers and the incredible human and community cost of war.  You will leave this movie more motivated than ever to end the occupation and bring our troops home.  If you want to know more, see the trailer or read the reviews here:

see trailer here
          


War Stories from Ward 7-D
War Stories from Ward 7-D
from California Connected on PBS
At the Polytrauma Unit of the VA medical center in Palo Alto, we meet four TBI patients who are working to put their lives back together.  Only some of them bear obvious wounds, such as a lost eye or a missing part of a skull, but all share in common serious injuries to their brains.


Watch War Stories from Ward 7-D

           Shut Up & Sing
A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas" at a 2003 concert in London.

see trailer here
     Shut Up & Sing           



           The Ground Truth      The Ground Truth
The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government.  As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.

see trailer here
          


           Iraq for Sale
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.  Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

see trailer here
     Iraq For Sale           


Voices of Patriots
Voices of Patriots
Why Are We In Iraq?
Dedicated career military professionals address key issues surrounding U.S. war policy in Iraq.  These patriotic Americans provide expert analysis from the point-of-view of serving the best interests of the United States and the American people.

Voices of Patriots website

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AMERICA: Freedom to Fascism
AMERICA: From Freedom to Fascism
A Film by Aaron Russo
Neither left- nor right-wing, this startling examination exposes the systematic erosion of civil liberties in America.

see trailer here

Watch AMERICA: From Freedom to Fascism


           9-11 Press for Truth 9/11 Press for Truth
Adapting Paul Thompson's definitive Complete 9/11 Timeline, the filmmakers stitch together rare, overlooked news clips, buried stories, and government press conferences, revealing a pattern of official lies, deception, and spin.

see trailer here
Watch 9-11 Press for Truth



           Jesus Camp
A new documentary film about the indoctrination of young Americans into an intensely politicized form of evangelical Christianity.
The Christian version of Madrassas?

see trailer here
Jesus Camp           



An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore's Documentary on Global Warming

Home Page       see trailer here



The Peace Patriots
THE PEACE PATRIOTS
An intimate portrait of American dissenters reflecting
on their personal participation as engaged citizens in a time of war

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Sir! No Sir!
Sir! No Sir!
The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam

see trailer here



WHY WE FIGHT
WHY WE FIGHT
A Film by Eugene Jarecki

see trailer here

Watch Why We Fight



           PoisonDust Poison DUst
A New Look at U.S. Radioactive Depleted Uranium Weapons

see trailer here

Watch Poison DUst



RED STATE ROAD TRIP
RED STATE ROAD TRIP
A 6000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America

see trailer here



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