Thursday, February 23, 2006

VOICES AGAINST THE WAR-program preview

As we count down the days to March 19 and our VOICES AGAINST THE WAR event, we will be posting more detailed information about our speakers, films and North Fork People of Conscience t-shirts, bumper stickers and postcards.

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OCCUPATION:DREAMLAND

Today, we want to tell you more about OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND, Garrett Scott’s documentary about US soldiers fighting in Falluja. The film follows Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon from the 82nd Airborne Division patrolling and securing Falluja, Iraq in 2003 and 2004 prior to the major insurrection that cost heavy American casualties to retake the city.

The film has been shown all over the country since September, 2005.

Here are some comments from reviewers:

"Occupation Dreamland" is a tribute to the men and women serving in Iraq by telling their story, offering all points of view, and avoiding stereotypes or simplicity. Some soldiers believe in what they're doing in Iraq. Some believe they're in Iraq for oil. Still others ponder why they're in Iraq at all when the September 11th hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. One soldier points out that Cheney's former company Halliburton gets all of the no-bid contracts for reconstruction and says, "War is money." And several soldiers acknowledge what is really happening to the people of Falluja and admit that if there was an occupying army in their hometown they would fight back too." --BuzzFlash

“A respectful and determinedly nonpartisan portrait of regular guys…all doing their best to carry out inchoate orders in an untenable situation.” -– Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“A grunt’s eye view of the current situation that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer’s political persuasion.”-- Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"The terrific Occupation: Dreamland, a fair-minded grunt's eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions." --Joshua Land, Village Voice

"By giving these men a forum even before Falluja became a household name and showing what has been conspicously absent from our tv screens - actual footage of the conflict - the [directors] have made something far chewier than the usual bumper-sticker polemics." --David Frear, Time Out New York

"You love the filmmakers...for their open love and respect for the young men." --Stephen Hunter, Washington Post


You can find out more about filmmaker Garrett Scott in this BuzzFlash interview http://www.buzzflash.com/interviews/06/01/int06003.html

And, of course, by joining us to watch his film at the VOICES AGAINST THE WAR event on March 19!

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We will also be screening:

RECRUIT ME: Matt Dadonna, a student at Southold High School, has made a short film about an anti-recruiting protest outside the Riverhead Army Recruiting offices last summer.

We are proud to see this young filmmaker speak truth to his convictions and hope he’ll be in town to speak to us about his film.

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