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Documenting Time
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Bobby Zimalis
"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper."
~ George Orwell
 
by/par Bobby Zimalis
Published/Publié 08/26/2007
 
"Everything in excess is opposed to nature.” - Hippocrates

All films are full-length, Free and definitely qualify as MUST SEE Viewing!

The Corporation
'The Corporation'  begins with a basic premise: If a Corporation is a legal entity or person, then what kind of person is it?

This jaw-dropping, eye-opening, mind-blowing, award-winning Canadian documentary has not only gotten alot of people to begin to question the world around them, but also launched a generation of young documentary filmmakers that are eager to clutch the torch of information away from mainstream media and hand it back to the people...

Directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, and based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan, 'The Corporation' features inerviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics, and reveals true confessions from corporate CEOs, case studies of corporate greed run amok and genuine strategies for change. The Corporation

Directed by MARK ACHBAR and JENNIFER ABBOTT
Produced by MARK ACHBAR and BART SIMPSON
Edited by JENNIFER ABBOTT
Written by JOEL BAKAN with Narration Written by HAROLD CROOKS and MARK ACHBAR
Narrator MIKELA J. MIKAEL

Distributed by Big Picture Media Corporation
Release date(s) September 9, 2003 June 4, 2004
Running time 145 min.
Country Canada

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Wal-Mart:The High Cost of Low Price
Robert Greenwalds' scathing 2005 exposé of Wal Mart (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price) brings to light the possible negative effects that today's global corporations can have.


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Why We Fight

WHY WE FIGHT, the new film by Eugene Jarecki which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a “who’s who” of military and beltway insiders.  Featuring John McCain, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Gore Vidal, Richard Perle and others, WHY WE FIGHT launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire.

Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase “military industrial complex”), filmmaker Jarecki (THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER) surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century’s military adventures, asking how – and telling why – a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war.

The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why – why does America fight?  What are the forces – political, economic, ideological – that drive us to fight against an ever-changing enemy?

“Frank Capra made a series of films during World War II called WHY WE FIGHT that explored America’s reasons for entering the war,” Jarecki notes.  “Today, with our troops engaged in Iraq and elsewhere for reasons far less clear, I think it’s crucial to ask the questions: ‘Why are we doing what we are doing?  What is it doing to others?  And what is it doing to us?’”

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The Power of Nightmares - The rise of Neo-Conservatism & Radical Islam
A very revealing and invaluable resource in gaining a clearer understanding of the geo-politcal movements happening today...

The BBC's 3-part documentary "The Power of Nightmares" explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.

At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists. Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world.

These two groups have changed the world but not in the way either intended.

The rise of the politics of fear begins in 1949 with two men whose radical ideas would inspire the attack of 9/11 and influence the neo-conservative movement that dominates Washington.


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Part I: Baby It's Cold Outside:
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Part II: The Phantom Victory :
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Part III: The Shadows in the Cave:
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The War On Democracy
New film from award-winning documentary maker John Pilger which suggests that, far from bringing democracy to the world as it claims, the US is doing its best to stifle its progress.

Talking exclusively to American government officials, including agents who reveal for the first
time on film how the CIA ran its war in Latin America in the 80s, Pilger argues that true popular democracy is more likely to be found among the poorest in Latin America, whose movements are often ignored in the West.

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How to Rig an Election - Hacking Democracy
In 2002, Seattle grandmother and writer Bev Harris asked officials in her county why they had acquired electronic touch screen systems for their elections.

Unsatisfied with their explanation, she set out to learn about electronic voting machines on her own. In the course of her research, which unearthed hundreds of reported incidents of mishandled voting information, Harris stumbled across an "online library" of the Diebold Corporation, discovering a treasure trove of information about the inner-workings of the company's voting system.

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911 - The Filmmakers Commemorative Edition
Arguably the most important documentary about SEP 11 2001, " 911 - The Filmmakers Commemorative Edition" is the only movie about that tragic day that was actually filmed on that tragic day!

The Naudet brothers (Jules and Gédéon) were filming a documentary about a 'probationary fireman' coming of age within the New York City Fire Department, when unbeknownst to them and their cameras history started to unfold all around them.

From the first video of plane #1 hitting the towers to the only footage of actual events within the lobby of the towers when the buildings started to collapse, the Naudet brothers captured history on film.

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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Directed by Errol Morris and released in December, 2003, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, consists of interviews with former United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, detailing his life and the difficult decisions that he made during his career. The term "fog of war" refers to the uncertainty that descends over a battlefield once fighting begins.
Morris interviewed McNamara for over twenty hours, editing down the footage into a two-hour film. The concept of structuring the film as 11 lessons comes from McNamara's 1996 book In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. Morris creates the film's 11 lessons from various statements that McNamara uses throughout the interview. The lessons lend structure to The Fog of War, but they are not explicitly McNamara's. (At the aforementioned UC Berkeley event, McNamara contended that he did not agree with Morris's interpretations in all respects.) After the completion of the film, McNamara responded to Morris by complementing the film's eleven lessons with ten more lessons of his own; these are included in the film's DVD release.

When, at the Berkeley event, McNamara was asked to apply the lessons from his 1996 book to the US invasion of Iraq, he refused, arguing that former Secretaries of Defense should not comment on the policy of the current Secretary. McNamara suggested that other people were welcome to apply his lessons to Iraq if they wanted to, but that he would not explicitly do it, and noted that his lessons were more general than any particular military conflict.

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Shut Up & Sing - The Dixie Chicks vs President Bush
Shut Up And Sing” travels with the Dixie Chicks, from the peak of their popularity as the national-anthem-singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the now infamous anti-Bush comment made by the groups lead singer Natalie Maines in 2003, while on stage in London.

The last laugh goes to the 'Chicks' here as the song "I'm Not Ready (To Make Nice)" captured the grammy for song of the year in 2006.

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