War, Military, Terrorism

Arlington West

Peter Dudar and Sally Marr

2004, 56 min

http://www.arlingtonwestfilm.com

An ocean of over 2500 crosses swells across the sand at the Santa Monica Pier every Sunday, erected by Veterans For Peace. It is a tribute not only to the fallen U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but also to the countless innocent Iraqi citizens.

A flag draped coffin rests forefront, beside an 80 foot long board that names the dead servicemen and women. Visitors are invited to write the name of a soldier, any personal comment, and with a fresh flower, place an identity to each lonely cross. An electric guitar gently weeps taps while we hear the voice of Jane Bright who lost her son in Iraq. We see the newspaper declaring that the Pentagon banned all photos of flag draped coffins returning from conflict. Then, visit Steve Sherrill’s shop, a carpenter in Santa Barbara, who sought a way to acknowledge our American dead. Friends and families drive for hours to place photos of their loved ones at this temporary cemetery.

The film, Arlington West, allows all to witness the poignant conversations, dramatic revelations, silences, personal experience, and share the tears with those who are paying the highest prices for war. A full array of opinions and sentiments are presented: Active Duty Soldiers and Marines, Military Families, Veterans, and Children are featured in this revealing documentary.

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Distorted Morality – Noam Chomsky

2003, 55 mins
The noted scholar, political and social analyst Noam Chomsky presents his critique of America’s “War on Terror” with his support for the fact that such a “War” cannot exist.

 

 

 

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The Elephant in the Room

2008, 92 mins

The Elephant in the Room is a documentary following British filmmaker Dean Puckett through his journey into the 9/11 Truth Movement: a global movement of ‘conspiracy theorists’ who believe that the official explanation about what happened on 9/11 is totally or partially inaccurate.

The filmmakers travel from middle England, across Europe and to New York for the six year anniversary of the attacks, where the film takes one final twist as we are introduced to the 9/11 first responders who are suffering from various grave health difficulties due to the toxic dust that they breathed in trying to help their country during the weeks after this tragic event. Told with a personal hands on approach that avoids advancing any one position, the film asks the question: are these crazy conspiracy theorists? Or is 9/11 Truth a credible political movement?

 

 

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SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson adresses the audience at a peace rally at Pioneer Park in SLC, Monday, 8/22/05 Jim Urquhart

End the War!

A 15 minute CD music video of the August 22, 2005 protest in Salt Lake City when George Bush came to attend the Veterans of Foreign War Convention.  Compiled by Debbie Johnson, Military Familes Speak Out, Salt Lake.

 

 

 

 

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Fahrenheit 9/11 (4)

Michael Moore

2004, 122 min, DVD

http://www.fahrenheit911.com

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore reflects on the current state of America, including the powerful role oil and greed may have played after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also depicts alleged dealings between two generations of the Bush and bin Laden families, and other Saudi groups.

Winner of the Palme d’Or award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

 

 

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Fallujah

2005, 30 mins

Fallujah is a collaborative production created by Iraqi and American filmmakers. After a major US led offensive launch in November of 2004, two-thirds of the city was destroyed and thousands of its citizens were forced into refugee camps.

 

 

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The Ground Truth

2006, 78 mins

 

Filmmaker Patricia Foulkrod examines the experiences of Iraq War veterans and the plight of the military. She documents stories of human wreckage arising from the horrors of war and military training dehumanizing soldiers. Approximately 10 veterans discuss how their time in Iraq changed their lives irrevocably .

 

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Guerilla Film Series, Vol. 1: Pickaxe, Breaking The Spell, The Miami Model, Five – G, W, E, ShortsCrimethinkc.Guerilla Film Series    (2)

2 discs, 312 minutes (5 hr. 12 min)

NTSC format, Region-Free

AK Press – http://www.akpress.org/2001/items/crimethincfilmseriesdvd

CrimeThinc’s first DVD release features two discs loaded with some of the best films in modern anarchist filmmaking: three feature-length documentaries (Pickaxe, Breaking the Spell, and The Miami Model) and five short films (three documenting various thinktank experiments and two CrimethInc. essays brought to life by SubMedia).

Pickaxe

Documentary from the 90’s portraying efforts to prevent clear-cut logging in National Forest Land in Oregon. [94 min.]

Breaking the Spell

Documentary based on the 1999 World Trade Organisation “Battle of Seattle” protests including footage that aired nationally on 60 Minutes. Includes a commentary track by filmmakers Tim Lewis, Tim Ream & Sir Chuck A. Rock. [63 min.]

The Miami Model

Documentary by Indymedia activists from the 2003 FTAA protests in Miami, Florida. [91 min.]

Commentary tracks recorded by the filmmakers are included for the films Pickaxe, Breaking the Spell, and Auto-Revision. All films are in English. All three features have subtitles in Spanish and English, additionally The Miami Model has Portuguese subtitles.

Disc Two features computer-accessible DVD-ROM content including MP3s, PDFs, and other assorted documentation & reading materials.

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Hijacking Catastrophe:  9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire

Narrated by Julian Bond

64 minutes, 2004

http://www.mediaed.org

The 9/11 terror attacks continue to send shock waves through the American political system. Continuing fears about American vulnerability alternate with images of American military prowess and patriotic bravado in a transformed media landscape charged with emotion and starved for information. The result is that we have had little detailed debate about the radical turn US policy has taken since 9/11.

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force.

At the same time, the documentary argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11.

Narrated by Julian Bond, Hijacking Catastrophe features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first-hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq.

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Indymedia War & Peace Trilogy

Democracy Now! And Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center

http://www.democracynow.org/static/IMIATOW.shtml

In 2003, the reality of war set in, and the roar of the mainstream media seemd to deafen our cars and stifle our voices.  Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center responded by coming together to make these three documentaries:

Independent Media In A Time Of War

Part scathing critique, part call to action Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy.  29 min

Voice Against War:  F15 NYC

Chronicles the experiences of “ordinary” people on the streets of Manhattan as they joined millions around the globe in “The World Says No To War” protests.  21 min 43 sec

Womens’ Fast For Peace

With the invasion of Iraq loomin, more than 125 womenin upstate New York fasted to create a culture of peace rather than of war.  29 min

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Kent State:  The Day the War Came Home

2005, 50 min

Partners in Motion and Single Spark Pictures – http://www.partnersinmotion.com/news/2002.htm

The DVD documentary features 1970 student victims, eyewitnesses, guardsmen, mothers of our martyrs and great 1970 film footage.

 

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Martial Law 9-11:  Rise of the Police State

Alex Jones

2005, 2 hr 35 min 42 sec

http://www.infowars.com/martial_law_911.htm

 

This film exposes the high-tech control grid that is being set up across America
Out of the ashes of the September 11th tragedy, a dark empire of war and tyranny has risen. The Constitution has been shredded and America is now a Police State. This film exposes not just who was behind the 9-11 attacks, but the roots and history of its orchestraters.

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National Teach-In on Iraq:  How Can We End This War?

United for Peace and Justice – http://www.unitedforpeace.org

March 24, 2005

Featuring Phylis Bennis, Naomi Klein, Patrick Resta, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Anas Shallal and Celeste Zappala

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Not in Our Name: Evening of Conscience

2002, 57 mins

Not in Our Name: An Evening of Conscience is an evening of readings and performances featuring Oscar Brown Jr., Eve Ensler, Andre Gregory, Jessica Hagedorn, Suheir Hammad, Marie Howe, Tony Kushner, Pete Seeger, Wallace Shawn, Marisa Tomei, Howard Zinn, and more.

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The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

2005, 90 mins

 

The Oil Factor, alternatively known as Behind the War on Terror, is an approximately 90 minute 2004 movie written and directed by Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, narrated by Ed Asner.

 

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Peace One Day

2004, 1h 20 min

http://www.peaceoneday.org/

 

The story of Jeremy Gilley’s attempts to persuade the global community via the United Nations to sanction officially a day without conflict; a ceasefire day; a global day of Peace.

 

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Sir! No Sir! A Film About The Gi Movement Against The War In Vietnam.

David Ziegler

2006, 90 min, DVD

Displaced Films – http://www.sirnosir.com/home_about_film.html

This is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960’s–one that had profound impact on American society, yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time.

This documentary chronicles the resistance to the Vietnam War, beginning in the 1960s. Learning that their reality was far different from the one being presented to the American public, many G.I.s began contributing to underground newspapers, planning demonstrations and refusing to continue in battle. Toward the end of the conflict, some even turned on their own officers, tossing grenades into their tents as they slept.

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Terrorstorm: History of Government Sponsored Terrorism

Alex Jones, Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan

2006, 1h 53 mins

 

Throughout history, criminal elements inside governments have carried out terror attacks against their own populations as a pretext to enslave them. TerrorStorm reveals how, in the last hundred years, Western leaders have repeatedly murdered their own citizens while posing as their saviors.

 

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The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki

2002, 80 min

Thank Tank/Jigsaw Productions – http://www.thetrialsofhenrykissinger.com/trials.html

 

Based on the Christopher Hitchens book, this documentary focuses on whether former presidential advisor Henry Kissinger is a war criminal for his role in international events.

 

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Uncovered:  The Whole Truth about the Iraq War (2)

Produced and Directed by Robert Greenwald

2004, 90 min

http://www.truthuncovered.com/

 

This film chronicles the Bush Administration’s determined quest to invade Iraq following the events of September 11, 2001. The film deconstructs the administration’s case for war through interviews with U.S intelligence and defense officials, foreign service experts, and U.N. weapons inspectors – including a former CIA director, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even President’s Bush’s Secretary of the Army. Their analyses and conclusions are sobering, and often disturbing, regardless of one’s political affiliations.

 

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The War Tapes

2006, 1h 37 min

http://www.thewartapes.com/

 

Filmmaker Deborah Scranton provides three U.S. soldiers with cameras so they can document their experiences during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldiers, Sgt. Steve Pink, Sgt. Zack Bazzi and Spc. Mike Moriarty, are all different ages and come from different backgrounds, but all three demonstrate unwavering loyalty to their comrades-in-arms while voicing concerns about America’s reasons for its presence in Iraq.

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Weapons of Mass Deception

Danny Schechter

2005, 98 mins

http://www.wmdthefilm.com/mambo/index.php

There were two wars going on in Iraq – one was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and disarm WMDs – Weapons of Mass Destruction; the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs, Weapons of Mass Deception.
The TV networks in America considered their non-stop coverage their finest hour, pointing to the use of embedded journalists and new technologies that permitted viewers to see a war up close for the first time. But different countries saw different wars. Why?
For those of us watching the coverage, war was more of a spectacle, an around the clock global media marathon, pitting media outlets against each other in ways that distorted truth and raised as many questions about the methods of TV news, as it did the armed intervention it was covering-and it some cases-promoting.

WMD, a 100 minute non-fiction film, explores this story with the findings of a gutsy, media insider-turned-outsider, former network journalist, Danny Schechter, who is one of America’s most prolific media critics. Schechter says he “self-embedded” himself in his living room to monitor media coverage, by fastidiously tracking the TV coverage on a daily basis. He wrote thousands of words daily about the coverage for Mediachannel.org, the world’s largest online media issues network, and then collected his columns, blogs and articles in a recently published book, EMBEDDED: Weapons of Mass Deception (Prometheus Books) .

He has continued his one-man investigation with WMD, a two-hour indie non-fiction film that asks the questions that his media colleagues refused to confront before, during and after the war. Featuring footage from inside Iraq, and inside the media, WMD tracks the media war through February 2004.
A Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, and radio news director turned CNN and Emmy Award winning ABC News Producer, Schechter wears several hats at the same time. He is now an award-winning independent investigative journalist and filmmaker as well as an outspoken author. Danny Schechter is not afraid to take on his own industry. WMD busts through so-called “objective reporting” to challenge media complicity with the government and its cooperation in presenting the Iraq War the way it did. This is a hard-hitting, yet personal film that looks at the television war and asks why the American audience lapped it up and how the Pentagon helped shape media coverage.

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Why We Fight

Eugene Jarecki

2005, 99 min

Sony Classics – http://www.sonyclassics.com/whywefight/

 

During World War II, the U.S. government commissioned a series of propaganda films (some directed by Frank Capra) entitled ‘Why We Fight.’ Now, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki turns that premise on its head, using the same title to take an incisive, unflinching look at the convention of warfare. Using as his starting point Dwight D. Eisenhower’s declaration that a responsible government “must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,” Jarecki charges that in the current political climate, the government’s ambitions — stated or otherwise — in going to war are often starkly different from the best interests of its citizens. Why do we lack the sense of wartime purpose that previous generations proudly upheld? How large a role do political and corporate agendas play in influencing a U.S. call to arms? These questions and more are addressed in a powerful film that transcends polemical scapegoating, forcing us to confront a new brand of imperialism that cannot easily be justified or ignored.

 

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