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THE COMING WAR ON CHINA: The Coming War on China is John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on the road to war. Pilger’s film is a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.

PSYWARPsywar explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy; and the relationship between war, propaganda, and class.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Documentary film exploring the rise of mechanistic philosphy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarhical systems. Topics covered include behaviorism, scientific management, work-place democracy, schooling, frustration-aggression hypothesis and human experimentation.

THE POWER PRINCIPLE: Documentary film that explores how the US establishment promotes a culture of fear in order to secure increased military expenses, year after year. The film claims the US government and the military-industrial complex, together with the US media developed a powerful propaganda machinery (inspired in good part from Nazi propaganda) in order to scare and convince the public that US invasions were needed in order to prevent the spread of communism, using mainly the domino theory.

PLUTOCRACYPlutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class.

THE GHOSTS OF JEJU: A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea.

THIRTY SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT: A shocking documentary that traces the origins of U.S. genocides, military interventions and wars from the 15th century when the white, colonial explorers first came to the Americas to the very present. American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and the right to claim the earth and its resources as their own are the beliefs that are the foundation of American foreign policy in the 21st Century that has humanity on the brink of extinction.

ARSENAL OF HYPOCRISY: A film that tells the story about the history of the U.S. space program and reveals how the military has taken over the program in order to move the arms race into space.

DO NOT RESIST: An account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

NATIONAL BIRD: follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

THE WAR YOU DON’T SEE: 2010 British documentary film written, produced and directed by John Pilgerwith Alan Lowery, which challenges the media for the role they played in the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine conflicts.

FLIGHT FROM DEATH: THE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY: A documentary film that investigates the relationship of human violence to fear of death, as related to subconscious influences. The film describes death anxiety as a possible root cause of many human behaviors on a psychological, spiritual, and cultural level.

DIRTY WARS: A film that follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.

UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS: a feature-length documentary film released by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films in October, 2013, investigating the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere.

PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE:

Vietnam Veteran S. Brian Willson paid the price for peace by nearly being killed by a military train during a non-violent protest. Since then, he has not stopped calling attention to the US government’s defiance of international law through waging endless illegal wars. Paying the Price for Peace exposes the truth about the United States’ addiction to war, and the lies it perpetuates in order to wage ongoing violence, through the life and times of Air Force veteran S. Brian Willson and other veterans.

THE INVISIBLE WAR: A 2012 film about sexual assault in the U.S. military.

CITIZENFOUR: A 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal.

FEAR NOT THE PATH OF TRUTH: A veteran’s journey after Fallujah follows Ross Caputi, veteran of the 2nd siege of Fallujah and Director of the Justice For Fallujah Project, as he investigates the atrocities that he was a part of and the legacy of US foreign policy in Fallujah.

OCCUPATION 101: Film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada and Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan, presenting its perspective through dozens of interviews, questioning the nature of Israeli-American relations — in particular, the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the ethics of US monetary involvement.

THE CHOICE IS OURS: The series shows an optimistic vision of the world if we apply science & technology for the benefit of all people and the environment.

UNWARRANTED INFLUENCE: Short antiwar film.

DISNEYLAND OF WAR: Director Chris Smiley and Producer Mike Hanes, an Iraq War combat veteran, challenge the glorification of war and violence in our culture while exposing the propaganda of the Miramar military air show.

THE FOG OF WAR: a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare.

MANUFACTURING CONSENT: A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media’s role in modern propaganda.

CENTURY OF THE SELF: A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

SIR NO SIR!: A film that focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It speaks mainly to veterans, but serves as a ready reminder to civilians that soldiers may oppose war as stridently as any civilian, and at greater personal peril.

THE BONUS ARMY: 45,000 World War I veterans, impoverished by the Great Depression, who marched on Washington D.C. in the summer of 1932 seeking payment of the compensation promised them for their war service.

THE KILLING$ OF TONY BLAIR: The story of Tony Blair’s destruction of the Labour Party, his well-remunerated business interests, and the thousands of innocent people who have died following his decision to invade Iraq.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

SHADOW WORLD: Based on the book of The Shadow World, this feature length documentary is an investigation into the multi-billion dollar international arms trade.

Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous WomanFilm that examines the life of Russian immigrant and later, ex-patriot, Emma Goldman. Feared in the U.S. as a sponsor of anarchy and revolution, she was vilified in the press as “Red Emma,” “Queen of the Anarchists,” and “the most dangerous woman in America. 

The WobbliesThe 1979 documentary film The Wobblies provides an overview of the rise and fall of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), complete with archival footage, loads of interviews, Wobbly art and songs. This 1979 documentary established a new, primary-research modus for historical nonfiction—no narrator, no authorial perspective, just original documents and witnesses—but its subject matter was, and still is, its most radical characteristic. By the ’70s American culture had been made to forget that the Industrial Workers of the World had ever existed, just as in the century’s first decades the segregated union utopia was condemned, brutalized, legislated against, campaigned against, and demonized. Today, things haven’t changed much—Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird’s film stands among a scant handful of books detailing the labor movement’s astonishing power and growth, its newspapers and songs and sheer membership, as well as the sickening history of suppression, murder, and criminal injustice that was brought to bear upon it. (Don’t forget Warren Beatty’s Reds, shot around the same time and with several of the same elderly survivors.) American high schoolers should have to see it to graduate, but then so much of what they’re taught would evaporate as a consequence. Released with new interviews and old anthems, and alongside nine other classic docs in the “Docurama Film Festival I.

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