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  • I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America

    Directed by Byron Hurt

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    56 Minutes

    "Increasingly what we're seeing today, in movies and in the news, which is a major disseminator of the dominant ideology, you're seeing the black male as rapist, as drug abuser, as murderer. Basically, as a major threat to white suburban life." –Gail Dines, Ph.D

    This award-winning documentary links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine identity in American culture. Featuring interviews with bell hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, John Henrick Clarke, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, MC Hammer, and others.

    Sections: Introduction | Images | The Cool Pose | Emotions | Black Male Homosexuality | Black Males: Violence and Fears | Sexism: Men's Violence Against Women | Fathers | The Future (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.mediaed.org

    I Know I'm Not Alone

    Directed by Michael Franti

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    1 Hour and 26 Minutes

    "This film came out of my frustration with watching the nightly news and hearing generals, politicians and pundits, explaining the political and economic cost of the war in the Middle East, without ever mentioning the human cost. I wanted to hear about the war by the people affected by it most: doctors, nurses, poets, artists, soldiers, and my personal favorite, musicians." –Michael Franti

    Michael Franti, world-renowned musician and human rights worker, travels to Iraq, Palestine and Israel to explore the human cost of war with a group of friends, some video cameras and his guitar.

    A compelling soundtrack, visual and musical montages and Franti's intimate voiceovers make the film speak to the MTV, X, Y & Z generations, as well as the baby-boomers. A true armchair travel film pulling the audience into these war zones in the company of Michael's guitar, eloquence and wit - you feel the humanity, artistic resilience and sometimes horrific experience of what it's like to live under the bombs and military occupation. 

    With its guerrilla style footage captured in active war zones, the documentary is unlike the many academic and politically driven pieces in the marketplace, instead offering the audience a sense of intimate travel and the opportunity to hear the voices of everyday people living, creating and surviving under the harsh conditions of war and occupation. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.iknowimnotalone.com

    I, Psychopath

    Directed by Ian Walker

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    43 Minutes

    "The vast majority of psychopaths, like an iceberg, are under the water and like an iceberg, they are inert; they do nothing, they're just there. They torment the spouse by being un-empathetic, but they don't beat her or kill her. They bully co-workers, but they don't burn down the office. They are not dramatic. They are pernicious. Most psychopaths are subtle. They are more like poison than the knife and they are more like slow working poison than cyanide." –Sam Vaknin, self-aware psychopath

    Psychopaths...we usually only know them from Hollywood movies. We never expect them to enter our real life. But, the psychopath is closer than you think. Experts believe their number to be as high as one in a hundred. Most of them function incognito in high-powered professions...all the way to the very top.

    ABut...it takes one to truly know one. In this intriguing documentary, Sam Vaknin, a self-proclaimed psychopath, goes in search of a diagnosis. In a scientific first, he allows himself to undergo testing to find out if he was born without a conscience. He knows he's narcissistic and cannot empathize with others. By his own admission, he's pompous, grandiose, repulsive and contradictory, ruthless and devoid of scruples, capricious and unfathomable... but he believes, he's not a bad person. What he is is indifferent...he couldn't care less. Unless, of course, the topic is himself.

    Vaknin and his long-suffering but ever-loyal wife, Lidija, embark on a diagnostic road trip. But, it's uncharted territory...deep into the mind and life of a psychopath. The 47-year-old convicted corporate criminal has agreed to take part in the pursuit of his own diagnosis...meeting the world's experts in psychopathy in the hope that science will provide some answers for why he is like he is. These experts put Vaknin (and his wife) through a battery of rigorous psychological tests and neuro-scientific experiments.

    Vaknin is shocked at the results.

    Sam, his wife, the scientists, the film-makers - will they ever be quite the same again? (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.cbc.ca

    The Illuminated Chakras

    Directed by Anodea Judith

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    28 Minutes

    "Generated from the heart of divine spirit, condensing into manifestation, the one in the many – father sky and mother earth. Between them, the seven layers of manifestation form a rainbow bridge connecting earth and heaven, the stepping stones for matter to spirit, connecting through our bodies as we connect to each other and to the endless web of life, ever awakening into consciousness.”

    THE ILLUMINATED CHAKRAS makes it possible to see and experience the subtle energy that until now has only been described. This thrilling visionary voyage takes you on a multi-sensory journey into the transformational beauty of the inner world. Follow the path of Kundalini-Shakti, the mystical serpent, who drives the vital force that awakens consciousness within each chakra. Journey from base to crown in this fantastic sound and light extravaganza, and experience the elemental reality of each chakra, as earth, water, fire, air, sound, light, and transcendent consciousness. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.sacredcenters.com

    The Illuminati

    Produced by Christopher Everard-Jurquet

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    5 Hours
    3 Volumes

    "This is a giant geopsychopolitical picture and things are happening with the use of subliminal indirect reverse psychological propaganda. It's made to be confusing by the evilarchy that controls not only the United States but Britain. This Illuminati, this group who calls themselves the enlightened ones, had gained positions of power through control of the banking system." –Anthony J. Hilder

    Billions of people on planet earth are living in ignorance.  Before your very eyes, politicians are advancing a global plan. Since the time of Napoleon, secret societies have been influencing politicians to take over and conquer Europe. Now, in the 21st century, their work of ages is coming to fruition.  The New World Order is about the centralization of power. It's about silencing any public criticism of the system. It's about commercializing and selling everything as a product. It's about letting China torture students and still allowing them to host the Olympics. It's about closing down government owned schools and hospitals, turning them into apartments, and then letting private companies make profits from teaching your children or selling you drugs. The secret societies and political organizations running the New World Order use various symbols and numbers. Once you learn their secret language, you too will have the All Seeing Eye. (Excerpt from film)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.antichristdvd.com

    Improbable Collapse: The Demoliton of Our Republic

    Directed by Michael Berger

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    1 Hour and 9 Minutes

    "The official theory of the collapse is essentially a fire theory. So it can not be overemphasized that fire has never caused large steel fram buildings to collapse. Never. Whether before 9/11 or after 9/11 or on 9/11 anywhere else in the world except allegedly New York City."

    On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center Twin Towers disintegrated in a manner that scientists say resembled deliberately calculated implosions.  The facts open for discussion include: at 5:20 p.m. that same day another building, the 47 story WTC 7, completely collapsed within 70 feet of its footprint in 6.6 seconds.  These three buildings became the first such structures to ever suffer complete collapse due to fire and damage. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.improbablecollapse.com

    In Debt We Trust

    Directed by Danny Schechter

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    1 Hour and 29 Minutes

    "We're all living beyond our means. We're all living on credit. We're all living with debt and it's growing every single day. The national savings rate is now zero. Americans spend more than we earn, it's never been like that before."

    IN DEBT WE TRUST shows how the mall replaced the factory as America's dominant economic engine and how big banks and credit card companies buy our Congress and drive us into what a former major bank economist calls modern serfdom. Americans and our government owe trillions in consumer debt and the national debt, a large amount of it to big banks and billions to Communist China.

    EXPERTS AGREE: A top government official compares the US today to Rome before its fall and warns that the bubble could burst. A former prosecutor says that many of these loans are worst than mafia loan-sharking practices. An ex-credit card executive explains how advertising campaigns are deliberately deceptive and misleading.

    ROBIN HOOD OR ROBBING THE HOOD: A real estate expert reports that tens of billions of dollars, are being transferred from the pockets of the poor into the vaults of big banks which use front groups and subsidiaries to camouflage their association with rip-off loans charging exorbitant interest rates. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.indebtwetrust.org

    In Its Image

    Directed by Ken Gumbs

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    29 Minutes

    "Whatever one man is capable of imagining, other men will prove themselves capable of realizing." –Jules Verne

    In the mid 70s, Steve Thaler began toying with rudimentary artificial neural networks. Soon after, he began to experiment with colonies of neural networks that launched into brainstorming sessions with one another to produce the equivalent of stream of consciousness and contemplation. As he observed these neural architectures developing attitudes about themselves, he began to wonder if all of the sublime aspects of human cognition, including feeling and self-awareness, could be captured in inorganic systems of switches and interconnections. Ultimately, his answer was yes. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://initsimage.org

    In Lies We Trust: The CIA, Hollywood, and Bioterrorism

    Produced by Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz

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    2 Hours and 31 Minutes

    "The purpose of this film is to help explain how and why we have technologically advanced, yet declined in health, freedoms, and quality of life."

    This feature length documentary about medical madness, cloaked in bioterrorism preparedness, will awaken the brain dead. It exposes health officials, directed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for conducting a "War of Terror” that is killing millions of unwitting Americans.

    This monumental film exposes the agents and agencies behind: Hollywood films and the media creating a profitable culture of bioterrorism; the "War on Terrorism" used to control populations; the most lucrative war in history-the "War on Cancer;" the onslaught of dozens of new immunological diseases and deadly flues; the "War on AIDS" triggered by contaminated vaccines; the anthrax mailings resulting in restricted freedoms, and sales of toxic drugs, deadly vaccines, and more. (Excerpt from video.google.com)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.DrLenHorowitz.com

    In Memoriam Alexander Litvinenko

    Produced by Alice in Arms

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    55 Minutes

    "I knew they were one big gang. I saw no difference between our officers and the gangsters...the criminal organizations we had to fight against. The difference is that the gangsters had no official power, but the officers did. So I knew I was in a gang. I soon realized that. But even in the West you can’t just leave a gang." –Alexander Litvinenko

    It started as a possible case of food poisoning but within weeks turned into a grim spectacle of enormous political proportions: Aleksander Litvinenko, former member of the Russian secret service, died in his place of residence London last November, after having been poisoned with a radioactive substance.

    The search for the possible perpetrators lead to a political difficult situation that reminded us of the dark days of the Cold War.

    Three years ago Aleksander Litvinenko told his life story to documentary maker Jos De Putter. It is a wild tale full of conspiracies, assassination attempts and imputations. Litvinenko talks about his time with the secret service, about his experience in Chechnya, and in particular about the series of bomb attacks on Russian territory that led to the seizure of power by Vladimir Putin. According to Litvinenko those attacks were the work of the secret service.

    After Litvinenko’s funeral in December 2006, Backlight spoke to Litvinenko’s widow. Marina Litvinenko is writing a book about her husband. The book will be published in May 2007 and the film rights have already been sold to Columbia Pictures. In this unique interview, she speaks about how they first met, how they fled to England and she speaks about Aleksander´s death agony.

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.vpro.nl

    In Pot We Trust

    Directed by Star Price

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    1 Hour and 28 Minutes

    "The fact that our federal government wants to arrest people for using a medicine that works for them, that their doctors have recommended, that's legal under state law, is an outrage. It's a moral outrage."

    The medical use of marijuana is examined from every side of a very complex issue with this documentary that charts the suffering of four chronically ill patients whose reliance on the illegal drug as a pain killer is in jeopardy due to federal anti-narcotic legislation. Reform organizations, prohibitionist groups, politicians, drug war critics, scientists, and celebrities all get their say in this fascinating analysis. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.sho.com

    In Search of Ancient Astronauts

    Directed By Bill Cote

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    51 Minutes

    "It has been suggested by other people that maybe life on Earth was brought here by a visitor from another planet. While this possibility is remote, it certainly can’t be excluded on the basis of the results that we have found." –Dr.James Wallace

    Space, an endless tapestry of stars reaching toward infinity, scattered through its vastness are 100 billion planets on which life theoretically could exist. If only one percent of that life is intelligent, there could be one million civilizations out there, and of that million is it conceivable that one discovered the secrets of space travel. It is possible that ancient astronauts went in search of life beyond their own world and found it on the planet Earth. The existence of other intelligence beings in the universe intrigues the men of tomorrow’s science.

    If ancient astronauts did land here, what effect would they have on early earth men? Perhaps they were worshiped, fear, loved. Perhaps they brought gifts, a new world of knowledge, or simply the principal of the lever. If we accept the premise that beings from another civilization visited her ages ago, then some of the mysteries from out past take on a new and startling light. (Except from film)

    In Their Own Words: The Untold Stories of the 9/11 Families

    Directed by Ray Nowosielski

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    1 Hour and 54 Minutes

    "I believe that the public is still uninformed about most of the issues that are surrounding 911. I think that they still believe in the myth that there was nothing we could do about it, that we were caught unaware, and that today we would be better prepared.” –Mindy Kleinberg, lost husband Allen

    In late 2006, the movie 9/11 Press For Truth became a worldwide underground hit. It exposed the story of the "Jersey Girls" and their allies -- the 9/11 families who had fought for the Commission but ultimately failed in seeing 70% of their questions answered.

    IN THEIR OWN WORDS: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE 9/11 FAMILIES is the new, official companion DVD to 9/11 Press For Truth. Over 2 hours of unseen families' interviews and rare news clips originally intended for inclusion in the movie ended up on the cutting room floor -- until now.

    A unique, balanced look at a diverse group of topics includes:

    • Top officials' whereabouts and changing stories on the day of 9/11
    • Insider trading before the attacks
    • War games coinciding with Sept. 11th
    • A confrontation between the families and FBI Director Mueller
    • British reports that some of the hijackers named by the FBI are simply wrong
    • Government whistleblowers' calls for accountability
    • The FBI informant who lived with 2 of the hijackers
    • A Defense Department program that identified 4 hijackers in 2000
    • The families' push to receive the Pentagon crash tapes
    • Bin Laden extradition negotiations after 9/11
    • The Project For the New American Century
    • And much more... (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.911pressfortruth.com

    Independent Media In a Time of War

    Produced by Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center

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    30 Minutes

    "The media are among the most powerful institutions on earth ‘cause they’re not only among the wealthiest, but they are the way the whole world views us and we view each other. " –Amy Goodman

    Part scathing critique, part call to action, "Independent Media In A Time Of War" is a hard-hitting new documentary by the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center (www.hm.indymedia.org). This film is composed of a speech given by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! illustrated by clips of mainstream media juxtaposed with rare footage from independent reporters in Iraq. The documentary argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. "Independent media has a crucial responsibility to go to where the silence is," says Amy Goodman, "to represent the diverse voices of people engaged in dissent." She makes a compelling argument that the commercial news media have failed to represent the "true face of war." (Excerpt from video.google.com)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.hm.indymedia.org

    Inside Burma - Land of Fear

    Directed by David Munro

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    52 Minutes

    "More than a million people have been forced from their homes and according to the United Nations, untold thousands have been massacred, tortured, and subjected to a modern form of slavery. Burma, says Amnesty International, is a prison behind bars."

    John Pilger and David Munro go undercover in one of the world's most isolated, and extraordinary countries, Burma, which AmnestyInternational calls 'a prison without bars'. They discover slave labour preparing for tourism and foreign investment. International Actual Award for Risk Journalism, Barcelona, Spain, 1996; Bronze Plaque in the category of 'Social Issues - International Relations', The Chris Awards, Ohio, 1996; Gold Special Jury Award, 'Film & Video Production division', WorldFest-Charleston, 1996; Award for Best Factual Programme, RTS Midland Centre Awards, Birmingham, 1996; Gold Apple in the category 'Politics: Social organisations in other lands', National Educational Media Network Film & Video Competition at The 1997 NEMN Apple Awards, Oakland, California, 1997; the updated version won a Gold Special Jury Award in the 'Film & Video Production division', WorldFest-Houston, 1999. (Excerpt from video.google.com)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.johnpilger.com

    Invisible Ballots

    Directed by William Gazecki

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    2 Hours and 20 Minutes

    "It's gone from those ballots being physical documents that anybody can look at and read, being counted in plain open sight, to those documents being turned into digital ephemeral data and being counted inside a black box machine on proprietary software" –Kim Alexander, Founder of California Voter Foundation

    Governments are installing computerized voting systems with no paper record to verify accuracy. Elections will be controlled by companies that do not allow voters to inspect their software. If vote counting becomes privatized, there may be no way to get it back. High-tech vote fraud is already a reality. If you value your vote, you absolutely must get this information to your friends – and fast!

    Featured experts include:

    • Dr. David Dill, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.
    • Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
    • Bev Harris, independent investigator and author of Black Box Voting.
    • Dr. Avi Rubin, Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
    • Hosted by G. Edward Griffin, President of American Media and Executive Producer of this program.

    Produced, Directed, and Edited by William Gazecki, director of the Academy-Award nominated documentary, WACO: The Rules of Engagement.(Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.invisibleballots.com/

    Invisible Children

    Directed by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole

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    55 Minutes

    "Without having seen the suffering in Northern Uganda, I'm appalled frankly, it's a moral outrage to see thousands of children that have been abducted, that are maltreated, that go through the most horrendous torture by the rebel movement and also the same groups now being neglected, to some extent, by the whole international community. I can not find any other part of the world having an emergency at the scale of Uganda with so little international attention."

    What started out as a film-making adventure in Africa, transformed into much more, when the three young American’s (Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole) original travels took a divine turn, and they found themselves stranded in Northern Uganda. They discovered children being kidnapped nightly from their homes and subsequently forced to become fight as child soldiers. This film is dedicated to exposing this tragic, and amazingly untold story.

    Even at this moment, in Uganda, Children as young as 8 are methodically kidnapped from their homes by a rebel group called the “Lord’s Resistance Army” (LRA). The abducted children are then desensitized to the horror of brutal violence and killing, as they themselves are turned into vicious fighters. Some escape and hide in constant fear for their lives. Most remain captive, and grow to maturity with no education other than life “in the bush” and fighting in a guerilla war. Of the many ramifications that a 20 -year-long war can cause, the film “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” highlights what the community refers to as “NIGHT COMMUTERS.” We watch thousands of children “commute” out of fear, from their villages to nearby towns each night in order to avoid the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) abductions. They sleep in public places, vulnerable, and without supervision. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.invisiblechildren.com

    The Invisible Machine: Electromagnetic Warfare

    Directed by Barbara Doran & Jon Whalen

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    45 Minutes

    "We’re just learning enough about science to be dangerous. It’s like giving a kindergartner a hand grenade and hoping they don’t pull the pin."

    Imagine the future – a strange new weapon is detonated high over a large city. There is no explosion, no visible destruction, but everything electronic within the range of this weapon will go out … permanently. Every electronic gadget in every home and office – disabled. No computers, no T.V., no life support systems in hospitals, no water supply, no heat, no lights – truly, a return to the dark ages. Imagine a full range of new weapons; one can take out the electricity in your city, another can destroy you. If you haven’t heard about these weapons, it’s no surprise. Their development has been secretive and they sound more like science fiction than reality. When did this reality really begin and how far advanced is it now? This revealing documentary opens the window on this -until now- secretive science. (Excerpt from film)

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    http://weatherwars.blogspot.com

    Dispatches: Iraq - The Reckoning

    Directed by James Brabazon

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    48 Minutes

    "But the real Iraq is not on the road to a Democracy. It’s not in the slightest bit interested in becoming a Westernized liberal unitary state."

    Peter Oborne, political editor of the Spectator, reports on the West's exit strategy for Iraq. He believes the invasion of Iraq is proving to be the greatest foreign policy failure since Munich. Oborne argues that the plan to transform Iraq into a unified liberal democracy, a beacon of hope in the Middle East, is pure fantasy. Reporting on location with US troops in Sadr City, and through interviews with leading figures in Britain and the US, Oborne argues that the coalition and its forces on the ground are increasingly irrelevant in determining the future of Iraq - a future that's unlikely to be either unified, liberal or democratic.

    The film includes interviews with Richard Perle, Peter Galbraith, Deputy Chief of Army staff General Jack Keane. Oborne also interviews Rory Stewart, who worked as a deputy governor in Nasyriah and witnessed first hand the rise of the pro-Iranian fundamentalist parties that are now at the heart of the Iraqi government. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.channel4.com

    Dispatches: Iraq - The Women's Story

    Produced and Directed by Fiona Campbell

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    48 Minutes

    "What else have they done besides makes houses fall, destroy families, make little children orphans."

    The invasion of Iraq heralded promises of freedom from tyranny and equal rights for the women of Iraq. But three years on, the reality of everyday life for women inside Iraq is a different story.

    To make this film, two Iraqi women risk their lives to spend three months travelling all over the country with a camera to record the lives and experiences of women they meet.

    Dispatches: Iraq: The Women's Story provides a compelling account of a life inside Iraq that is rarely seen on news bulletins: stories of ordinary women whose struggle to survive has only worsened since the war. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.channel4.com

    Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers

    Directed by Robert Greenwald

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    1 Hour and 15 Minutes

    "Forty cents out of every dollar that Congress controls now goes to contractors."

    Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is a documentary about the ongoing Iraq War and the behavior of companies with no-bid contracts working within Iraq. The movie was made by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films. Specifically, the film claims four major contractors are over-billing the government (and by extension, the American public) and doing substandard work while endangering the lives of American soldiers and private citizens. The documentary contends these companies are composed of ex-military and ex-government workers who unethically help their companies get and keep enormous contracts and milk the American taxpayer. The companies criticized are: Blackwater, KBR-Halliburton, CACI, and Titan. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://iraqforsale.org

    Dispatches: Iraq's Missing Billions

    Produced and Directed by Callum Macrae

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    48 Minutes

    "[T]he British and American coalition which had overthrown Saddam Hussein was given a very special responsibility by the United Nations. It was given trusteeship of more than 20 billion dollars that belonged to the people of Iraq. Over the next 40 months, it spent almost all of it. Yet, no one can account for where it all went. Literally billion of dollars have gone missing."

    In this revealing documentary, Dr. Ali Fadhil, a young Iraqi doctor, sets out to learn what has led to the catastrophic results when money was put into the care of the U.S. led coalition. What emerges is a disturbing tale of corruption and fraud. As word spread of the kind of money that could be made in Iraq, foreign contractors negotiated deals fast and furiously.

    There was no oversight of projects. "As trustees, we did a very poor job," admits Frank Willis, a senior member of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). "We should have spent the money on the Iraqi people, rather than putting it in the pockets of foreign business." According to the United States' own figures, Iraq's essential services are worse than before the war, with the country producing less electricity, oil or clean water. (Excerpt from main website)

    Please visit the official website for more information:
    http://www.cbc.ca

    Iron Triangle: The Carlyle Group

    Directed by de IJzeren Driehoek

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    48 Minutes

    "The iron triangle is in some ways is uniquely an American phenomenon. It’s the confluence of the military, big business, and politics. And the combination of these three things is something that a number of U.S. presidents in the past have warned against. In particular Dwight Eisenhower was very up front about warning against the possibility of creating a military industrial complex. By that he means a group of… a business built around defense and military that becomes so large and so powerful that it’s actually able to influence the politics of war."

    The Bush family, the Saudi Royal family, Osama Bin Laden's family and Donald Rumsfeld's inner circle - these are just some of the high profile figures who have played a direct role in the rise of one of the most powerful and influential and secretive firms in Washington.

    The company is called The Carlyle Group. And in the wake of the events of September 11th and the invasion of Iraq, its power and influence have become significantly stronger.

    The company operates within the so-called iron-triangle of industry, government and the military. Its list of former and current advisers and associates includes a vast array of some of the most powerful men in America and indeed around the world.

    This program exposes the history of the Carlyle Group, from it's inception as a private equity firm to it's precent status as one of the largest defence contractors in the world. (Excerpt from video.google.com)

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    The Iron Wall

    Directed by Mohammed Alatar

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    57 Minutes

    "Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population - behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach." –Vladimir Jabotinsky

    From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

    After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of the settlement movement became clear - create facts on the ground and make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Thirty nine years of occupation and the policy started showing results. There are now more than 200 settlements and outposts scattered throughout the West Bank blocking the geographic possibility of a contiguous Palestinian territory.

    The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground - the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian's peoples.

    Settlements and related infrastructures are impacting every aspect of life for all Palestinians from land confiscation, theft of natural resources, confiscation of the basic human rights, creation of an apartheid-like system, to the devastating impact in regards to the future of the region and the prospect of the peace process.

    Palestinians and Israelis began the peace process based on a very simple principle: land for peace. Settlements destroy that principle and create a land with no peace. (Excerpt from main website)

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    http://www.theironwall.ps

    Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy?

    Directed by Sophie Robinson

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    49 Minutes

    "I think it's a fact of life that people have always altered their consciousness and they're going to continue doing so. And therefore, we as a society need to get a very firm grip on the relative harms of the different substances which we need to teach to our children, and rather than forbid - we need to educate."

    Recent research has analysed the link between the harmful effects of drugs relative to their current classification by law with some startling conclusions. Perhaps most startling of all is that alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) are rated more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs). If the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B.

    The scientists involved, including members of the government's top advisory committee on drug classification, have produced a rigorous assessment of the social and individual harm caused by 20 of the UK's most dangerous drugs and believe this should form the basis of future ranking. They think the current ABC system is arbitrary and not based on any scientific evidence.

    The drug policies have remained unchanged over the last 40 years so should they be reformed in the light of new research? (Excerpt from main website)

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    An Islamic History of Europe

    Directed by Mohammed Alatar

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    "There is a chapter for Europe's past, that tells a very different story, one that's been largely forgotten. 1400 years ago, Muslims came westward from Arabia and the Middle East and over the next 800 years, they sent down roots here in Spain. What happened during that time would have a profound effect on the course of European civilization and history."

    In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe's Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning.

    Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilisation that Muslims brought to the West. This evocative film brings to life a time when emirs and caliphs dominated Spain and Sicily and Islamic scholarship swept into the major cities of Europe. His journey reveals the debt owed to Islam for its vital contribution to the European Renaissance. (Excerpt from main website)

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    Islands at Risk: Genetic Engineering in Hawaii

    Produced and Directed by Puhipau & Joan Lander

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    "This is the most radical thing that has ever happened to breeding plants or animals or other life forms. This is similar to the splitting of the atom."

    GMOs have entered 70 to 75 percent of processed supermarket food here in the United States. It's in processed soy, processed corn - that includes corn syrup, canola oil, all kinds of things - and we don't know what it's doing to our children. It hasn't been tested.

    Genetic engineering is nothing more than taking the genes from one species, or even the same species, and putting it in the other organism, man to man, or man to goat, or man to tomato. You can do this in plants. You can do this is humans. So the concept of pretty good if things work as they are supposed to work. But what could go wrong?

    Now these companies call themselves "life science companies" and they are genetically engineering and patenting the foods of the world, beginning with the grain crops that everyone needs to live.

    [I]n Hawaii, it's ground zero for testing genetically engineered crops. In the past ten years or so, [Hawaii has] had...more than two thousand field tests of experimental genetically engineered crops, and this is more than any other place in the world. Most of these field tests have been food crops like corn, soy beans, but some of them have…tested experimental crops designed to produce drugs and industrial compounds. (Excerpt from film)

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    The Israel Lobby

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    "The United States supports Israel in a variety of ways. We give them all sorts of military and economic support, roughly 3 billion dollars a year. Israel, despite the fact, it is a relatively rich country, receives more foreign aid than any other other country in the world. We veto resolutions in the United Nations all the time that are critical to Israel."

    Is one allowed to question that reality, or is the pro-Israel lobby so strong, financially and politically, that the relationship with Israel is taboo and therefore unmentionable? And what happens to those who dare expose the unmentionable?

    In March 2006 the American political scientists John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Steve Walt (Harvard) published the controversial article 'The Israel Lobby and US foreign policy'. In it they state that it is not, or no longer, expedient for the US to support and protect present-day Israel. Together with the power shifts in Congress and the increasing doubts about the current Middle-East policy, this could become the fuse in the powder keg. Backlight talks to the people concerned in this 'new realism' debate.

    The documentary sheds light on both parties involved in the discussion: those who wish to maintain the strong tie between the US and Israel (Neocon Richard Perle, televangelist John Hagee, and lobby organization AIPAC), and those who were critical of it and not infrequently became 'victims' of the lobby. Member of Congress Earl Hilliard from Alabama advocated a rapprochement with the Arab world and was promptly ousted by a political adversary who had the support of Aipac money. Historian Tony Judt, who tried to maintain that Israel was becoming a belligerent and intolerant ethno-state, driven by religion, found a lecture cancelled at the last minute. And Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth was personally attacked after he had criticised the violence Israel had used in the mini-war against Lebanon last summer.

    Finally the question arises to what extend the pro-Israel lobby ultimately determines the military and political importance of Israel itself. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell's ex chief-of-staff) explains how the lobby's influence affects the decision-making structure in the White House. The lobby, Congress, the White House and Israel itself seem to have ended up in a suffocating embrace: will it ever change and how could it?Tony Judt and Richard Perle conclude by raising the crucial matters: what is the alternative? And what other friends can Israel count on? (Excerpt from main website)

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    Israel's Secret Weapon

    Produced and Directed by Giselle Portenier

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    "Here was someone who said he'd worked right inside the plutonium separation plant helping to fabricate atomic weapons; who had taken photographs of the machinery and who had lots of information about how much material was being processed, and so on."

    Which country in the Middle East has undeclared Nuclear weapons? Which country in the Middle East has undeclared biological and chemical capabilities? Which country in the Middle East has no outside inspections? Which country jailed its nuclear whistleblower for 18 years?

    Vanunu told the world that Israel had developed between one hundred and two hundred atomic bombs and had gone on to develop neutron bombs and thermonuclear weapons. Enough to destroy the entire Middle East and nobody has done anything about it since.

    It's thought plutonium is made in Dimona; nuclear weapons are assembled at Yodefat and stored at Zachariah and Eilabun. Three nuclear submarines are based in Haifa and Israel's biological and chemical warfare laboratories are at Nes Ziona.

    Israel never comments on such reports. But evidence continues to emerge. In 1992 an Israeli cargo plane crashed in Amsterdam killing forty-three people. The Israelis claimed it was carrying flowers and perfume. It took six years and a Dutch parliamentary enquiry before they admitted it was carrying DMMP, a key component for sarin nerve gas. The DMMP was bound for The Israeli Institute of Biological Research at Nes Ziona, one of Israel's most secret defence sites. It is subject to no international inspection and reporting of its activities in Israel is prevented by strict military censorship. (Excerpt from film)

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