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The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Posted by Dave (The Void) on October 13, 2007

Re-examining the lives of one of recent history’s Nobel-Prize-winning arch-bastards, this film (80 mins) looks at America’s involvement in great tragedies, in Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor and Chile.

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Voices of Resistance, in Algeria and Iraq

Posted by Dave (The Void) on October 1, 2007

La Bataille d’Algiers

In this vivid 1966 film (121 mins, in French and Arabic with English subtitles), Gillo Portecorvo puts a human face on the resistance movement that drove the French out of Algeria.

The film enjoyed a special showing at the Pentagon in Summer 2003, advertised as follows:

How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range. Women plant bombs in cafes. Soon the entire Arab population builds to a mad fervor. Sound familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically, but fails strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of this film.

… which, strangely enough, brings me to Iraq.

Hidden Facts: a message from the Iraqi Resistance

Purporting to be the work of the Resistance group 1920 Revolution Brigades, this is an insightful and compelling video (16 mins) with surprisingly high production values. I can’t guarantee it’s real, but I can guarantee it’s worth watching.

(click here to watch both parts)

Transcript in English and Arabic available here.

Posted in algeria, cinema, colonialism, film, history, iraq, media, middle east, occupation, resistance, terrorism, video, war, war on terror | 2 Comments »

Coolies – How Britain Reinvented Slavery

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 18, 2007

The abolition of the slave trade should have put an end to the slave economies of Britain’s colonies.  Instead, as this BBC documentary (58 mins) shows, indentured Indian coolies were transported by slave-ship across the far-flung corners of the Empire. (h/t SmashingTelly.com)

Posted in british empire, capitalism, caribbean, colonialism, documentary, empire, history, india, slavery, trade, uk, video | 7 Comments »

The Story Of One

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 11, 2007

Arbitrary incarceration and torture in Guantanamo, forced depopulation in Diego Garcia, poverty and social collapse in Tanzania, slow-burning genocide in Palestine… things might be in danger of getting a little grim here.  So now, just this once, for something completely different: a delightfully light-hearted history of maths – and of civilisation – from Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Posted in documentary, history, humour, maths, science, video | 1 Comment »

Occupation 101

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 8, 2007

A superb history of the Israeli conquest and occupation of Palestine.

(click here to watch the whole film)

Posted in apartheid, documentary, ethnic cleansing, genocide, history, israel, media, middle east, occupation, palestine, racism, USA, video | 5 Comments »

The Power Of Nightmares

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


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