In this harrowing 2006 docudrama (91 mins) by Michael Winterbottom, the ‘Tipton Three’ recount their experience of captivity and torture by American forces in Afghanistan and later in Guantanamo Bay.
Archive for July, 2007
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 30, 2007
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 28, 2007
A fascinating look at America’s bizarre and highly secretive film ratings system. (98 mins, 2006)
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 26, 2007
Do you believe in al Qaeda?
In this seminal 2004 documentary series (3 episodes, 60 mins each), Adam Curtis traces the intertwined histories of two ideological movements – the neoconservatives and the radical Islamists – and the political reality they helped create. For rather than following the most inspiring dreams, we now select the leaders with the most terrifying nightmares.
1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 24, 2007
… has been thrown out of Parliament! This short clip is all that YouTube has to offer, so you’ll miss the nauseating display of smug knife-twisting that followed his exit.
Those of us naive enough to expect a repeat of his glorious performance in the U.S. Senate in 2005 were to be sorely disappointed. That performance, and a half-hour documentary about the honourable member for Bethnal Green and Bow and the smear campaign against him, follow.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 23, 2007
In a previous post, we looked at how America’s “War on Drugs” is used to wage war on Colombia. This 1999 documentary (92 mins, in English after a brief introduction in Dutch) shows the other side of the coin: an increasingly powerful “growth industry” built around locking up Americans – mainly poor, black Americans – and slowly moving towards a privatised police state.
Given recent developments in England, this is a very relevant warning on both sides of the Atlantic.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 22, 2007
The place of food in Western society has been completely transformed over the past fifty years, with the rise and ultimately the dominance of a few enormous supermarket chains. From the farm or factory to the dinner table, every aspect of what we eat is controlled by these companies – not for our sakes, of course, but for their shareholders’. This documentary (two episodes, 50 mins each) shows some of the consequences.
Part two follows.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 19, 2007
How do you get inside an arms dealers’ convention to stare at the torturers and murderers of the world’s nastiest regimes? If you’re comedian Mark Thomas, you set up a small, specialist PR company and offer them free media training workshops – getting some groundbreaking confessions along the way. Comedy with an edge (about 40 mins; h/t Heathlander, the latest target of Bill O’Reilly’s unfocused rage)
Parts 2 to 6 follow.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 16, 2007
An informative and very human look at what neoliberal neocolonialism is doing to this island paradise. Narration based on Jamaica Arcaid’s A Small Place.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 15, 2007
At a time when the US and UK prepared to level Iraq based on spurious hints at secret weapons programmes, the BBC aired this documentary (44 mins) showing the absurd double standards that allowed another aggressive Middle Eastern country to secretly develop real weapons of mass destruction (h/t Fanonite).
It was a different corporation, then. After it dared question the intelligence that lead to war, its Director General was hounded out of office by a furious government. Critical journalism like this has become a thing of the past – but, on the bright side, now we have Doctor Who.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 12, 2007
Colombia: a land of intense natural beauty and biodiversity, the setting for the literature of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the recipient of more U.S. ‘military aid’ than anywhere outside the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Behind the paper-thin (and increasingly irrelevant) charade of a War On Drugs, the U.S. continues to support the brutal, racist counter-revolution that started in 1948 – and to generate business for its own military-industrial complex.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure the opening credits are supposed to do that.