Political Film Society - Newsletter #189 - January 1, 2004



January 1, 2004


 

POLLS CLOSE ON NOMINATIONS FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2003
December 31 was the last day to nominate films for Political Film Society awards for 2003. Political Film Society rules require the number of nominated films to be reduced to five in each category. Accordingly, a ballot below for two of the four categories for awards. If you have not seen the film, an "Undecided" vote is appropriate.

Five films were nominated for the category DEMOCRACY for promoting increasing consciousness of the need for more political decisionmaking by the people rather than by elites: Herod's Law, Runaway Jury, Sandstorm, Shattered Glass, and Veronica Guerin. Accordingly, there is no need to reduce the number now. On February 1, members will vote to select the best film of the three:

For the category EXPOSÉ, which recognizes the importance of raising political consciousness by bringing to light little-known facts, nineteen films were nominated, so select the best five:

FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
All My Loved Ones (    ) (    ) (    ) a Brit organizes the kindertransport from Hungary
Amen (    ) (    ) (    ) an SS officer asks a callous pope to stop the Holocaust
Beyond Borders (    ) (    ) (    ) NGOs perilously cope with refugees in time of war
Casa de los Babys (    ) (    ) (    ) the adoption racket for babies in Latin America
The Dancer Upstairs (    ) (    ) (    ) the nihilism of Peru's Sendero Luminoso
Dark Blue (    ) (    ) (    ) LA police corruption in the 1990s
Dirty Pretty Things (    ) (    ) (    ) exploitation of illegal aliens in London
Emerald Cowboy (    ) (    ) (    ) a Japanese American as the top emerald merchant
Green Card Fever (    ) (    ) (    ) scams cheating immigrants who seek green cards
Herod's Law (    ) (    ) (    ) how the PRI stayed in power so long in Mexico
Lilja 4-Ever (    ) (    ) (    ) Swedes trap Russian women into white slavery
The Magdalene Sisters (    ) (    ) (    ) Ireland sends "loose women" to their doom
Marooned in Irag (    ) (    ) (    ) how Iranians helped Kurdish refugees from Irag
Runaway Jury (    ) (    ) (    ) how to fix a jury; the NRA's death toll
Sandstorm (    ) (    ) (    ) how India allows low-caste women to be raped
Shattered Glass (    ) (    ) (    ) a reporter fabricates news stories
The Statement (    ) (    ) (    ) how the "butcher of Lyon" was brought to justice
Taking Sides (    ) (    ) (    ) A German conductor as a poster boy for the Nazis
Tycoon: A New Russian (    ) (    ) (    ) how mafias control the Russian economy
Veronica Guerin (    ) (    ) (    ) A journalist exposes Irish druglords & dies

Vote for the top five films out of ten nominated for raising consciousness of the need for greater HUMAN RIGHTS:

FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
Amen (    ) (    ) (    ) Catholic priests stop euthanasia but not the Holocaust
Beyond Borders (    ) (    ) (    ) the desperate need for aid to keep refugees alive
Dirty Pretty Things (    ) (    ) (    ) illegal aliens give up a kidney to get a passport
The Life of David Gale (    ) (    ) (    ) protest of the death penalty
Lilja 4-Ever (    ) (    ) (    ) shows the white slavery racket from Russia to Sweden
The Magdalene Sisters (    ) (    ) (    ) how Ireland incarcerated "loose women"
Sandstorm (    ) (    ) (    ) legal battle to end casteim & trans-caste rape in India
The Statement (    ) (    ) (    ) the Vichy regime purges France of 77,007 Jews
Twilight (    ) (    ) (    ) poverty & prejudice in Iran under the ayatollahs
X-2: X-Men United (    ) (    ) (    ) discrimation agianst those who are different

Four films were nominated for raising consciousness of the need for greater use of PEACE as a preferred method for conflict resolution -- Beyond Borders, Cold Mountain, The Dancer Upstairs, Sandstorm, and X-2: X-Men United. Accordingly, there is no need for a ballot now.

Political Film Society members must return ballots by January 31, 2004. A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Political Film Society will convene at 8481 Allenwood Road, Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 1, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. to count ballots. All Political Film Society members are invited.