Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ann Arbor Docu Fest

free documentary films every Monday ~ 7pm
Cafe Ambrosia, 326 Maynard Street, Ann Arbor
behind Nickels Arcade

Monday, April 4 - People and the Land

People and the Land airdrops viewers into the universe of an occupied people, unreeling images of a new form of apartheid based on ethnicity.  Challenging US foreign policy and the conventions of the documentary form itself, the film examines the concrete realities of Israel's conduct in the West Bank and Gaza, the level of US support for that conduct through foreign aid, and the human cost of that aid in Palestine and the US.  According to mideast professors, the best film on this topic so far.
Israel and Palestine:  What the Media Leave Out   Short lecture by Alison WeirDirector of If Americans Knew

Monday, April 11 - Inside Job

2011 Best Documentary Academy Award.  Inside Job is the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the '08 $20 trillion financial crisis, causing millions to lose jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulting in global financial collapse. Through interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. Locations include US, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China

An added extra looks at the role of academics, many of whom put their name to a system that eventually collapsed. 

This film is as gripping as any thriller. 
More entertaining than Wall Street 2 while saying infinitely more about the iniquities of those who claim to work for us. 
-Fan the Fire.  
Hilarious and ultimately rousing experience.  
...reconstructing the system that failed and circling its weak spots.   
-Daily Telegraph.  
Here's the biggest story of our time, lucidly told.  
-This is London.  
How deregulation led to disaster.  -anon.

Monday, April 18 - Zeitgeist:  Moving Forward (part 1)

This is a profound, professional, scientific work of genius - a life-changing and hopefully world-changing documentary.  
Filmmaker Peter Joseph gathered up some of the best scientists in their respective fields to present a case for a near-empirical way of dealing with the problems of society.  
Any fan of science over opinion or challenging the status quo in general will find much to love here.  
The film takes no sides in the establishment, basing its solutions on evidence.  
This comes off as a radical approach to problems, only because we don't see it in politics. But what Zeitgeist: Moving Forward presents doesn't seem "out there" at all. The ideas are universal and exist in every culture or religion as "goals" to work towards. Until now, a clear case hasn't been presented on how to actually get there. 
Strong societies require strong foundations - and not a country in the world currently has this.

Monday, April 25 - Zeitgeist:  Moving Forward (part 2)

Cafe Ambrosia ~ (734) 929-9979 
  sponsored by a group of concerned citizens

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