Archive for the ‘film’ Category
Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 31, 2008
A meticulous and moving reconstruction of an incident in late 2004, in which US marines are accused of slaughtering several Iraqi families in revenge for an IED attack on their convoy. Directed by Nick Broomfield (Ghosts), with performances from real Iraqi refugees and real ex-marines. See my review.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 13, 2008
A timely look back on 50 years of spin and deception, from the Gulf of Tonkin to the Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Posted by Dave on March 5, 2008
Want a true account of what happens in war? Look no further than “Winter Soldier” a documentary of interviews with Vietnam veterans.
“I would kill anyone I could whether they were innocent or not just to make sure I wouldn’t get killed and that was my philosophy. If I’d go into a village and I’d have to kill a hundred people just to make sure there was no one there to shoot me when I walked out thats what I did.” Trailer
One of the most powerful documentaries I’ve seen.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands now, deserves the thanks of man and woman.” Thomas Pain
Wintersoldier.com: Winter Soldier documents the “Winter Soldier Investigation” conducted by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in Detroit, Michigan in the winter of 1971. A call went out from VVAW to veterans all over the country saying, in effect, ‘everyone is talking about the war that you know from the inside. If you want to have anything to say about it, come to Detroit and tell it like you saw it.’ At the investigation, over 125 veterans representing every major combat unit to see action in Vietnam, gave eye-witness testimony to war crimes and atrocities they either participated in or witnessed. The purpose of the investigation was to bring to light the nature of American military policy in Vietnam.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 29, 2008
Oh yeah, it’s online. Don’t think it’s not online. A shocking and occasionally hilarious exposé of the history, politics, and consequences of privatised healthcare, for my money this is Moore’s best film yet.
If there’s anything wrong with Sicko, it’s the rose-tinted lens used in the British segments. Our beloved NHS, as many will already know, is already under fierce attack from the private sector (see John Pilger, or my blog, for an introduction, and there’s a wealth of info at Keep Our NHS Public) – including from some of the worst villians in the film’s American segments.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 9, 2008
Hollywood eventually made a few excellent anti-war films about Vietnam, but even the best of these focussed on the suffering of American troops. Even today, the Vietnamese people are excluded from the mainstream narrative of the war. This 1 hour film by Mickey Grant is intended to rectify that imbalance (h/t RadicalFilms.co.uk).
Compiled from Vietnamese eyewitness testimony and archival footage shot by Viet Cong cameramen (to whose memory the film is dedicated), it tells of the network of tunnels that linked the villages of Cu Chi and in which the resistance movement created an underground society, complete with music, theatre and rudimentary military hospitals allowing them to fight and win a guerrilla war against the world’s most powerful army.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 19, 2007
An award winning portrait of life in Thatcher’s Britain; a tale of alienation, identity, and racist violence.
(that’s a trailer; click here to watch the film)
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 3, 2007
Most of us have no direct experience of war. Most of what we do know of war comes from films, and overwhelmingly American films. Tonight we bring you not one, but two documentaries, via Michael Greenwell, that show how Hollywood’s portrayal of war is influenced by the American military.
Hollywood and the Pentagon
Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 23, 2007
This 2006 film looks at the indoctrination of children at a Christian fundamentalist faith camp, called Kids On Fire, in the U.S.
Jesus Camp was one of the first films I ever posted on a blog (it vanished from YouTube shortly afterwards, but it’s back now); at the time, all I wrote by way of introduction was “Probably the scariest film you’ll ever see”; it’s certainly a disturbing exposé of exploitation and intolerance, of tears and stolen youth in the name of closing the suicide bomber gap.
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 19, 2007
Released just as Tony Blair was leaving office, this film documents his ten-year war against civil liberties, begun as a way of protecting businesses from ‘harrassment’ but dramatically escalated as part of The War Against Terror.
(that was a trailer; click here to watch the whole film)
I had a few things lined up to go with this film, but decided they detracted from the seriousness of the issue. However, the soundtrack is ace, and that last song deserves reposting in its entirety without being talked over. So here, for your listening pleasure, is Jarvis with Running The World.
Posted in censorship, civil liberties, democracy, documentary, film, guantanamo, human rights, law, music, neocons, police, politics, torture, uk, video, war on terror | Tagged: careful now, down with this sort of thing, tony blair | Leave a Comment »