Political Film Society - Newsletter #243 -January 1, 2006
 



January 1, 2006


 

NOMINATIONS CLOSE FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2005
December 31 was the last day to nominate films for Political Film Society awards for 2005. During the year, two 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: Downfall and Machuca. On February 1, members will select the best of the two films. The remaining categories had many more nominees. Accordingly, Political Film Society rules require that each list must be reduced to the five best in each category.

Select the best five from the category EXPOSÉ, fact-based films that raise political consciousness:
FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
Assisted Living (    ) (    ) (    ) How the elderly are forgotten by American families
Before the Fall (    ) (    ) (    ) Training of German youth to become SS officers
Crash (    ) (    ) (    ) How racism still permeates American thinking
Downfall (    ) (    ) (    ) How Hitler & Himmler died
Good Night & Good Luck (    ) (    ) (    ) How McCarthy was hoisted by his own petard
The Great Water (    ) (    ) (    ) How Tito's Yugoslavia brainwashed orphaned youth
In My Country (    ) (    ) (    ) Work of South Africa's Truth Commission
Innocent Voices (    ) (    ) (    ) U.S. support for mass killings in El Salvador
Lord of War (    ) (    ) (    ) Former USSR weapons sold to anyone with cash
Machuca (    ) (    ) (    ) Pinochet's brutal coup in Chile
Munich (    ) (    ) (    ) srael's death squad kills Munich massacre perpetrators
The Ninth Day (    ) (    ) (    ) How Catholic priests resisted the Nazis
North Country (    ) (    ) (    ) The first successful sexual harassment lawsuit
Paradise Now (    ) (    ) (    ) What motivates Palestinian terroristst
Turtles Can Fly (    ) (    ) (    ) Saddam Hussein's mistreatment of the Kurds

Vote for the top five films that raise consciousness of the need for improvements in HUMAN RIGHTS:
FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
Caché (    ) (    ) (    ) How French mistreat immigrants
The Constant Gardener (    ) (    ) (    ) Drug companies use Africans to test unsafe drugs
The Great Raid (    ) (    ) (    ) Barbarity of forced female circumcision
The Great Water (    ) (    ) (    ) Brutality against Yugoslav orphans for telling the truth
In My Country (    ) (    ) (    ) Horrors of apartheid in South Africa
Innocent Voices (    ) (    ) (    ) Recruitment of child soldiers in El Salvador
Machuca (    ) (    ) (    ) Allende's Chile improves conditions for the poor
The Ninth Day (    ) (    ) (    ) Nazi mistreatment of Gentiles as well as Jews
North Country (    ) (    ) (    ) Sexual harassment stopped at an iron mine
The War Within (    ) (    ) (    ) Abuse of a terrorist suspect creates a terrorist

Vote for the top five films that raise consciousness of the need for PEACE:
FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
Before the Fall (    ) (    ) (    ) Cruelty of SS training of German youth
Downfall (    ) (    ) (    ) Hitler's minions continue war despite imminent defeat
In My Country (    ) (    ) (    ) Confession, not vengeance, heals South Africans
Jarhead (    ) (    ) (    ) Irrelevance of U.S. Marine Corp training
Munich (    ) (    ) (    ) Revenge violence as counterproductive
Private (    ) (    ) (    ) Palestinians refuse to be intimidated by Israelis

HOW TO VOTE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ALL THE FILMS
The three voting choices have special meanings. If you mark ACCEPT, you are saying that you agree, after seeing the film, that the content merits a possible award. If you mark DROP, you have seen the film and believe that the content is unworthy of consideration for an award. If you mark UNDECIDED, you have not seen the film or just have no opinion regarding the merits. The deadline for all e-mail ballots is January 31, 2006. Return to polfilms@aol.com.