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Film Guide (with free films) – Part 5 – Protest Documentaries

A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and  based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.

I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.

I’ve divided them into rough groups and posted links to where you can find them online if you want to. The first week I had some films about the media and the second was economics, the third was biographies and the fourth was some great anti-war films.

This time round we are looking at documentaries from various protests around the world…

Taking Liberties – This is of interest to anyone who has forgotten how bad the bLIAR was and the civil liberties he stripped away. Also of interest to people who want reminding of it and for people who enjoy gnashing their teeth.

Here is a link to the first part online and you can work your way through it.

The Miami Model – A remarkable film about the protests in Miami at the FTAA meeting and the policing of those protests.

It is online here. I wrote a review of it here. David Rovics wrote a song about it here.

The Fourth World War – This documentary takes a look at different struggles all around the world and shows how they are based around similar discontents.

The first part is here and you can work your way through.

 

Film Guide (with free films) – Part 1 – Media Documentaries

A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and  based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.

Sometimes there would be as much as 60 people but usually there were about 30 and we would get a bit of a discussion going.

The embarrassing thing is that the time I got someone rather famous to come along, only about 3 people turned up and I had to spend the rest of the day apologising.

I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.

I’ll divide them into rough groups and post them on Mondays.

The first group is media documentaries.

Outfoxed – Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism was often the first film I would show in the series as it provides a bit of an eyeopener and a useful introduction to the subject. You can WATCH IT FREE ONLINE HERE. Although some of the people involved have changed, a lot of them haven’t and the basic idea is every bit as relevant now as it was a few years ago.

Weapons of Mass Deception – This film by Danny Schechter is about the media collusion in the run-up to the Iraq war. We can see much the same thing happening with the sabre-rattling about Iran. You can WATCH IT FREE ONLINE HERE. I met Danny Schechter at one of the G8 Alternatives discussion session too and he is a very likeable guy.

Orwell Rolls In His Grave – Another documentary with excellent contributors and well worth the watch. You can WATCH IT FREE ONLINE HERE and my review of it is here.

So there you have it. There will be more of these next Monday when I will do some of the actual films instead of documentaries.

 

 

SALT OF THE EARTH

John Pilger frequently says that people  in most of the countries in the world never ask the question ‘What can we do about it?’ when faced with political problems because they already know what to do about it.

Similarly, in the past at least, people in the disunited kingdom and the USA and the other TV-addled, fat-arsed nations knew exactly what to do. That is why women can vote and in many countries everyone is entitled to medical care [for the moment at least].

Why not download and watch this film free as a last thing you can do before getting out and doing something.

IMDB says the tagline is ‘Banned: The film the US government doesn’t want you to see.’

The history of the film is a little strange. You would think it isn’t exactly an underground film because it has won several awards and was selected for preservation at the [USA] National Film registry because it is ‘culturally significant’.

As an aside, why is it that it only seems to be England and the USA that are so arrogant as to call their institutions… THE National…. or THE….. Association or something similar?? Other countries tend to specify….you know… The French —–, The Scottish —–.

Anyway, the director, Herbert Biberman made the film after his release from prison – he was put there as a result of the McCarthy business.

Furthermore, the FBI investigated the film’s financing, film-processing labs were told not to make it, projectionists were told not to show it and only 12 cinemas in the US agreed to screen it.

According to wikipedia…

“During the course of production in New Mexico in 1953, the trade press denounced it as a subversive plot, anti-Communist vigilantes fired rifle shots at the set, the film’s leading lady [Rosaura Revueltas] was deported to Mexico, and from time to time a small airplane buzzed noisily overhead….The film, edited in secret, was stored for safekeeping in an anonymous wooden shack in Los Angeles.”

It is worth a look.

DOWNLOAD it HERE HERE HERE