Thursday, September 25, 2008

Antiwar Film Festival at ArtWalk

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Meeting Resistance 11 am
Taxi to the Dark Side 12:45 pm
War, Inc. 3 pm
Body of War 5:10 pm

Sunday, October 19th
11 am until 7 pm
Topping Room
Foster Library
651 E. Main St., Ventura
$10 suggested donation

Grace Loh
Co-producer of War, Inc.
  • Grace Loh will answer questions about the film War, Inc. after the film's viewing at 3 pm.
For more information, contact Ventura County Committee to Stop the War:


Ventura County Committee to Stop the War was formed in March of 2007 to organize education and activism with various groups and individuals throughout the county. Members of the group support GI resistance and engage in counter-recruitment in opposition to aggressive military recruitment of youth.

Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. The film is his coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war.
Produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro.

Meeting Resistance asks, "What would you do if America was invaded?" and raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraqi insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle, and documenting for the very first time, the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a nation's citizens when their homeland is occupied. Voices that have previously not been heard, male and female, speak candidly about their motivations, hopes and goals, revealing a kaleidoscope of human perspectives. Featuring reflective, yet fervent conversations with active insurgents, Meeting Resistance is the missing puzzle piece in understanding the Iraq war.
Directed by Steve Connors and Molly Bingham.

Winner of the Oscar for documentary feature, Taxi to the Dark Side is a gripping investigation into the reckless abuse of power by the Bush Administration. A documentary murder mystery that examines the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base, the film exposes a worldwide policy of detention and interrogation that condones torture and the abrogation of human rights. This disturbing and often brutal film is the most incisive examination to date of the Bush Administration's willingness, in its prosecution of the "war on terror," to undermine the essence of the rule of law. The film asks and answers a key question: what happens when a few men use the wartime powers of the executive to undermine the very principles on which the United States was founded?
Directed by Alex Gibney.

In War, Inc., John Cusack recreates his role as a hitman, delivering a hilarious performance in this political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former U.S. Vice President (Dan Ackroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires Hauser (Cusack) to assassinate a Middle Eastern oil minister. Also stars Hillary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack and Ben Kingsley.
Directed by Joshua Seftel. Written by Mark Leyner, Jeremy Pikser and producer John Cusack.