Political Film Society - Newsletter #124 - February 1, 2002



February 1, 2002


 

BALLOTING FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2001 BEGINS
Polls are now open for Political Film Society members to choose the best political films of 2001. Click on film titles on the Society’s website for more complete reviews, mark your ballots below, and return to the Society’s email address.

For the category promoting the goal of greater DEMOCRACY, select one from the following five films:

FILM TITLE YES NO UNDECIDED CONTENT
Anti Trust (    ) (    ) (    ) special interests should not control politics
Atlantis (    ) (    ) (    ) profits should not guide public policy
Bread and Roses (    ) (    ) (    ) employers should respect workers rights
Lumumba (    ) (    ) (    ) support for dictators is counterproductive
The Majestic (    ) (    ) (    ) Congress should never abridge civil rights

For the category EXPOSÉ, which recognizes the importance of raising political consciousness by bringing to light little-known facts, select the best one in the ballot below:

FILM TITLE YES NO UNDECIDED CONTENT
Behind Enemy Lines (    ) (    ) (    ) shows the brutality of Serbs in Bosnian War
The Iron Ladies (    ) (    ) (    ) a gay volleyball team triumphs in Thailand
Lumumba (    ) (    ) (    ) exposes the truth about the Congo patriot
Our Lady of the Assassins (    ) (    ) (    ) depicts chaos in the streets of Colombia
Uprising (    ) (    ) (    ) how Jews in Warsaw frustrated the Nazis

Vote below for the one film that best raised consciousness of the need for greater HUMAN RIGHTS:

FILM TITLE YES NO UNDECIDED CONTENT
Born Under Libra (    ) (    ) (    ) lunacy of sex discrimination in Iran
Bread and Roses (    ) (    ) (    ) even illegal alien workers have rights
Focus (    ) (    ) (    ) why anti-Semitism poisons everyone
The Hidden Half (    ) (    ) (    ) lunacy of sex discrimination in Iran
Lumumba (    ) (    ) (    ) how U.S. policy tolerated Mobutu’s tyranny

Which film best raised consciousness about the superiority of PEACE over violence as a method for resolving human conflicts? Make your selection for the best one below:

FILM TITLE YES NO UNDECIDED CONTENT
Atlantis (    ) (    ) (    ) imperialistic conquest should never occur
Divided We Fall (    ) (    ) (    ) oppressed people should cooperate
Journey to the Sun (    ) (    ) (    ) Turkey should grant rights to the Kurds
Lumumba (    ) (    ) (    ) The Cold War ruined chances for peace

The Board of Directors has nominated The Distinguished Gentleman, a 1992 film directed by Jonathan Lynn and starring Eddie Murphy, for a Special Award, based on the film’s exposure of the actual way in which political campaigns are conducted, campaign funds are raised, and lobbyists tie up Washington, D.C., in gridlock.

Members can accept (    ) or reject (    ) the nomination of The Distinguished Gentleman by checking the appropriate box.

Political Film Society members must return ballots by March 1, 2002. A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Political Film Society will be convened at 8481 Allenwood Road, Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. to count ballots. All Political Film Society members are invited to the meeting.

TWO FILMS NOMINATED FOR AWARDS IN THE YEAR 2002
The Political Film Society has nominated Time of Favor as best film on peace of 2002 and Tricky Life as best film expose and best film on human rights for 2002. For reviews, click on the Other Recent Reviews button at the Society’s website, which reviews three other films released this year -- Beijing Bicycle, Impostor, and Metropolis.