All films are shown at Riverland Community College's
Albert Lea Campus Lecture Hall.
GOD GREW TIRED OF US
7:00 PM, Thursday,
December 13, 2007
Riverland Community College
Albert Lea Lecture Hall. (Discussion to Follow)
Winner of both the Grand
Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, GOD GREW
TIRED OF US explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan
who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities, and
move to America, where they build active and fulfilling new lives but remain
deeply committed to helping the friends and family they have left behind.
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information about the film.
The Ground Truth: When
the Killing Ends
PM, Thursday, May 17, 2007
GROUND TRUTH: After the Killing Ends, takes an unflinching look at
the training and dehumanization of US soldiers and how they struggle to come to
terms with it when they come back home.
This film overrides familiar images of heroic soldiers in battle, and overjoyed
returning faces, reunited with their families with one effortless stroke.
Instead, we see a scenario that can include illness, amputation and injury,
depression and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), of which Iraq has become
a fertile breeding ground. While America's poor treatment of veterans is not
news to most, The Ground Truth makes it so personal and real, it is impossible
to dismiss its characters simply as war statistics.
The film gives us glimpses into a Marine Corps boot camp that allows us to
comprehend how a man or woman can kill as part of their job. We get hit with
more understanding of our soldiers' dehumanization by seeing Iraq combat footage
that shows routine indiscriminate killing. Their jobs over, the confusion, guilt
and shame that comes home with these "killers" is the tip of the iceberg. Left
with few resources and families that cannot understand what they have seen or
done, their anguish only intensifies. Foulkrod's graphic footage and
still-photographs of the ground conflict in Iraq, should forever shatter the
sanitized images found on the nightly news and provide a much needed wake-up
call for all of us.
Sir! No Sir!
7:00 PM - Thursday, January
here to view the trailer.
Synopsis: In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that
altered the course of history. This movement didn’t take place on college
campuses, but in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army
stockades, navy brigs and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It
penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. And it spread throughout the
battlefields of Vietnam. It was a movement no one expected, least of all those
in it. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile. And by 1971 it had,
in the words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services. Yet today few
people know about the GI movement against the war in Vietnam.
Sir! No Sir!
is a film that challenges deeply-held beliefs not just about the Vietnam War and
those who fought it, but about the world we live in today. It is a vivid
portrayal of William Faulkner’s famous observation that “The past isn’t dead; it
isn’t even past.”
Audience Award, Best Documentary
2005 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
Jury Award, Best Documentary
2005 Hamptons Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary
2005 Independent Spirit Awards
- Thursday, October 26, 2006
HERE TO SEE TRAILER.
Released as the American military continues to
make its presence felt in Iraq and across the globe, Eugene Jarecki's (THE
TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER) WHY WE FIGHT asks some pertinent questions about the
economic necessities of war. Featuring interviews with a number of key figures,
Vidal and Joseph
Cirincione, Jarecki's film is a bipartisan treatise inspired by
Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address to the nation. Eisenhower spoke of a
burgeoning American military-industrial complex, which he believed would
threaten democracy across the globe. Jarecki takes a look at whether this has
occurred by questioning his subjects on the links between big business and the
military, while also talking to people whose lives are inexorably tied to the
business of war. Each of them gives his own unique take on the American
military machine, while Jarecki intersperses their discussions with rapid-fire
scenes of the machine as it lumbers into action.
WHY WE FIGHT also cleverly reflects the sharp divide that exists among the
American people regarding why we are in Iraq. A number of people on the street
are questioned throughout the film, with Jarecki asking them "why do we
fight?" His subjects give a broad range of answers, and Jarecki himself
does not search for a definitive solution to the question. Instead he simply
gives us a variety of truths and lets the audience try to salvage something from
an incredibly complex, sometimes mysterious, and often terrifying state of