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As any Mom or Dad might do on Parent Teacher Conference Day, Amy Valens, the Educator featured in the documentary film August To June, traveled from “classroom to classroom.” This journey was not a conventional one. Indeed, Amy did not attend a series of Parent Teacher Conferences. What she did was appear at Palm Beach screenings of her documentary. The film follows twenty-six  third and fourth graders who studied with Amy in her last year of teaching. The open classroom, within a public school, “Brings Life” to education.
After the movie was viewed, Ms Valens and the audiences engaged in conversations. They discussed what they saw and how it might relate to a broader dialogue. The subjects of Education Reform, Classroom Standards, Teacher Quality, Merit Pay, Student-Rewards for Success, Parent Involvement, and Testing are but a few topics prominent in our national debate. While the assemblies of viewers varied widely, the results were the same. Every child, every class, all Teachers, and each parent, tells a unique tale. Regardless of the individual or group, we see the world, or in this case the film, through our own lens. Continue reading
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Education, Human Relationships
Tagged Amy Valens, August To June, creativity, critical thinking, documentary, Education, film, Imagination, Inspiration, Instruction, investigation, Learning, Palm Beach County, Parents, Pedagogy, Rote Memory, School, Taxonomy, teachers
Another WikiLeaks Cable from the Bush Administration about My Movies
By Michael Moore
Twice within four days, my name has popped up in the Bush-era secret cables uncovered by WikiLeaks. Lucky me. Though nowhere near as earth-shattering as the uncovering of American misdeeds in Iraq and Afghanistan, these classified cables provide a stunning and bizarre peek into the paranoid minds of the Bush White House when it came to the subject of one Michael Francis Moore.
And considering how WikiLeaks has released only 1,826 cables of its planned drop of 251,287 — and I’ve already played a starring role twice — I can only say I await with bemused anticipation how the moi-storyline will play itself out.
Posted in 911, Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Constitution, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, NWO, War and Peace
Tagged bush, Censorship, Fahrenheit 9/11, film, leaked cable, michael moore, wikileaks
By Yoav Shamir
Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir once served his army reserve duty as a checkpoint guard, which was what inspired him to make this documentary, Checkpoint. For 80 minutes, Shamir simply shows us videotape of what happens at the various checkpoints that the Israeli government operates, which are in place to regulate the travel of Palestinians, purportedly in an effort to combat terrorism.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, Prisons, Region: Middle East, Resistance, Slavery, War and Peace
Tagged checkpoint film, film, genocide, israeli war crimes, Land Grab, palestine, Yoav Shamir
A must see for all those concerned about the recent SCOTUS decision granting corporations rights reserved for We the People…
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Constitution, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Neoliberalism, NWO
Tagged Citizens United vs FEC, corporatism, fascism, film, SCOTUS, The Corporation film
Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer and her daughter (New Matilda)
When the Chinese gov learned that The Ten Conditions of Love would be screened in Australia, it pressured the Melbourne International Film Festival to withdraw it. This, on top of the July 5th genocide of Uyghurs (up to 10,000 have ‘disappeared’), has brought global attention to this Uyghur documentary starring Rebiya Kadeer, labeled a “Muslim terrorist” by the Chinese government.
This is eerily reminiscent of the neoliberal land grab in New Orleans, and in Gaza. ~RA
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Land Grab
Tagged australia, documentary, film, info suppression, Land Grab, Melbourne International Film Festival, news, politics, rebiya kadeer, Region: China, The Ten Conditions of Exile, uyghur genocide, uyghurs
According to ManMadeMultiMedia, the battle for LGBT civil rights is told through the life and experiences of ROBIN TYLER and DIANE OLSON, one of 14 couples involved in the historic California litigation, with a look at some of the 18,000 couples who got married during the window of legality between May and November, 2008.
See the trailer below:
By Rady Ananda
Cross posted at Global Research (Canada) and Scoop (New Zealand).
From a high-tech, deep cover investigation emerges The Cove, a stunning documentary exposing the horrors of dolphin slaughter – for human consumption, despite extreme levels of mercury contamination. Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry and his crack team of world-class divers, ex-military, professional artisans and a former NatGeo photographer risk life, limb and freedom to film the action in a private cove in Taiji, Japan.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Food & Farming
Tagged dolphin petition, film, film review, food, government-industry collusion, international whaling commission, japan, mercury contamination, news, oceanic preservation society, politics, profits vs people, rady ananda, ric o'barry, save the dolphins, the cove movie