Los Angeles Premiere: Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up

Los Angeles Premiere: Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up

Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up documents this history involving the CIA, violence, and the 5 Cubans serving long sentences in U.S. prisons. The film features an interview with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five who is currently serving life imprisonment in Victorville Maximum Security Prison for “conspiracy to commit espionage.”  Landau also interviews Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, and others who have acknowledged perpetrating acts of terrorism in Cuba as “freedom fighters.” Delightful surprises are appearances in the film by Fidel Castro and Danny Glover.

Film: Crisis In The Congo; Uncovering The Truth

Film: Crisis In The Congo; Uncovering The Truth

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth exposes the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. The film locates the Congo crisis in a historical, social and political context. It unveils analysis and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The film is a call to conscience and action.

Film: The Exile Nation Project

Film: The Exile Nation Project

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other country. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government’s 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of “out of sight, out of mind.”

Film: Cultures of Resistance

Film: Cultures of Resistance

Join us for a screening of Cultures of Resistance. Can music, dance, photography and film be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, traveling over five continents, Lara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story.

Film: Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action

Film: Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action

From the makers of Beyond Elections, this new feature-length documentary takes us across the country amidst the economic collapse, to the grassroots solutions in the hands of the people.

On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day filmmakers Sílvia Leindecker and Michael Fox set out on a trip around the country to ask the “American” people what they had to say about it.

Film: Not Just A Game; Power Politics and American Sports

Film: Not Just A Game; Power Politics and American Sports

Not Just A Game; People, Politics, and American Sports, the powerful new documentary based on Dave Zirin’s bestselling book A People’s History of Sports, argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long need at the center of some of major political debates and struggles of our time. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.

Economic Meltdown: Let’s Not Get Fooled Again

Economic Meltdown: Let’s Not Get Fooled Again

Come to a movie night of the Academy Award Winner Best Documentary, Inside Job, a comprehensive analysis exposing the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs.

Arts Event: Congolese Filmmaker and Social Activist Petna Ndaliko

Petna Ndaliko, one of seven internationally recognized Congolese filmmakers, will show two short films and engage in a discussion about the conflict in the Congo with a specific focus on media coverage and representation of the Congo people.

Petna Ndaliko in his own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugVU-ncIcGc

This event is cosponsored by Congo Global Action, Friends of Congo, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Visit Congoweek.org or call 202-584-6512 for more information. You can also contact IPS at 202 234-9382×232.

Film Event: Brazil  A Report on Torture

Film Event: Brazil A Report on Torture

After the kidnapping of the Swiss Ambassador in Brazil in 1970, 70 political prisoners were released from Brazilian prisons and set free in Chile on an exchange agreement. The directors of this film, Haskell Wexler and Saul Landau, went to Chile and recorded first-hand interviews with the former prisoners, revealing the torture that was part of everyday routine interrogation in Brazilian prisons. The film shows reenactments of waterboarding, pau de arara and other medieval and modern “procedures” administered by Brazil’s military government.

LinkTV will be showing this revolutionary film three times in the next two weeks. You can find more information, including an interview with the film-makers, here.

The Cuban Revolution Turned 50. Now What?

The Cuban Revolution Turned 50. Now What?

The Institute for Policy Studies celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the prospects for U.S.-Cuban Relations under the Obama Administration with a screening of IPS Fellow, Cuba expert and film-maker Saul Landau’s film, "Fidel" (shot in 1968). Traveling in a Jeep with Fidel Castro, Landau’s documentary offers a personal profile of El Jefe and snapshots of the Revolution’s first 10 years, including rare footage of the Bay of Pigs invasion and of Fidel and Che Guevera in the Sierra Maestra mountains.

“The great quality of this remarkable film,” wrote Ralph Gleason in the Rolling Stone, “is that it is educational in the best possible sense. It gives you a feeling for what revolution — any revolution — is actually about, what it means in all its implications and how it affects the lives of the people.” Landau’s film remains just as relevant and insightful today as it was 40 years ago, with the advent of progressive governments in Latin America inspired by the Cuban Revolution.

Following the screening of the film, Landau will take Q&A from the audience and special invited guests.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Farrah Hassen at farrah@ips-dc.org or call (202) 234-9382, ext. 255.