Friday, May 27, 2011

Movies for mad people

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:31 PM

There's nothing like a well-made political documentary to boil your blood.

I finally got around to watching Inside Job, the story of the financial meltdown last night, and could barely fall asleep afterward.

Truly, it should be required viewing for every American.

While on the subject, New York filmmaker Joseph Stillman will show and host a Q&A for his film From Mills River to Babylon and Back… the Jimmy Massey Story at at 7 p.m., Monday, May 30, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

From a release, here's why this film, too, might raise your blood pressure:

As we now commemorate eight years of military involvement in Iraq and the thousands of lives lost, the film chronicles the life of Jimmy Massey, a twelve-year career Marine who courageously refused to continue killing in Iraq.
Filmmaker Joseph Stillman spent between 2005 and 2009 making this film that speaks out against the war in Iraq.
  • Filmmaker Joseph Stillman spent between 2005 and 2009 making this film that speaks out against the war in Iraq.

Massey, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s policies at the onset of the war, was one of the first veterans to question the legitimacy of the Iraq conflict. After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he co-founded the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) organization to address the needs of those serving in the military. He has also spoken about U.S. violations of the Geneva Conventions and the deaths of innocent civilians in both Iraq and Afghanistan ...

The documentary features appearances and testimonials of many renown individuals who have taken strong positions against the war including Martin Sheen, actor/human rights activist, Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, Dr. Doug Rokke, former U.S. Army depleted uranium expert, Cindy Sheehan, mother/founder of the Gold Star Families, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch, Scott Ritter, former UNSCOM weapons inspector, Kelley Dougherty, Executive Director of the Iraq Veterans Against the War organization, Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, former U.S. embassy diplomat in Afghanistan, Dr. Ed Tick, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder expert, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California) and numerous other human rights activists.

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