Saturday Matinee

Saturday Matinee 39 -In The King of Prussia, The Trial of the Plowshares 8

Father Berrigan once said he had been arrested more times than he remembers, but fewer times than he should have.

I’m not a religious man but since Daniel Berrigan passed away a couple of weeks ago, I have wanted to put something with him up on the site.

The only priest ever to get on the FBI’s most wanted list, and founding member of the plowshares movement, his is a life well worth looking at.

This film/documentary recreates the trial of a group of plowshares activists.

They trespassed onto the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where they damaged nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over ten different felony and misdemeanor counts.

Martin Sheen plays the judge, who doesn’t come across well, and the activists play themselves.

An interesting note about the film is that the director originally did not want to be involved as he did not share the religious beliefs of the activists but was eventually convinced to make it.

Saturday Matinee 37 – What’s The Deal Trump?

1322283859461677159It often happens that the media are so obviously trying to assassinate someone’s character that the viewer begins to feel sorry for the subject of all the vitriol, and actually comes out of the ordeal more popular than before.

That DOESN’T happen with this documentary about Donald Trump, even though it is such an obvious attack piece.

The website of the film says…

This film was suppressed 25 years ago.

The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991.  Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed. It was screened twice in back-to-back standing room only showings at the Bridgehampton Community House on July 3, 1991, the same day that Donald announced his engagement to Marla Maples.

It is worth the watch…

Saturday Matinee 34 – The Cheviot The Stag & the Black Black Oil

I have to confess I had never even heard of this until recently, which is a shame because it appears I missed the unmissable.

I think if you make the time to watch this you’ll be stunned at how much of it is still relevant at this precise moment in time.

There’s also a rather interesting line in there about The Scotsman newspaper.

Saturday Matinee 32 – Fire Over Water

Nice Canada, lovely Canada.

Well no, not exactly.

This documentary from Al-Jazeera shows a kind of resistance that is currently going on all around the world for different reasons in different places.

Specifically, this is about the opening up of some land for shale mining and the people resisting it.

It also shows how states will use force to protect finance, not people…


Saturday Matinee 30 – Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

This is a truly horrifying documentary and I’m not kidding when I say that those of you that can’t stomach scenes of violence and horror shouldn’t watch it.

It is about the civil war in Sri Lanka, a problem that the UN seemingly has failed to address.

The UK government whilst hypocritically criticising and calling for investigation, has also, as almost always, been selling weapons, or allowing them to be sold.

The others in this series are here.