Monday, March 19, 2007

Memes from the Israel Film Festival

If one were to deduce life in Israel from the two films* I watched in the Israel Film Festival this weekend, one might conclude the following:
  • Dysfunctional families abound.
  • Young adults have no ambition and live with their parents.
  • Fathers feel impotent, both emotionally and physically.
  • Women are able to use artistic expression as salvation / escape.
Doesn't seem all that different from independent movies here, really.

* The two films being Things Behind the Sun and Aviva, My Love.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Go see "The Lives Of Others"

My friend Danny over at SPI invited me to a free Sony screening of the Oscar™- nominated German film, "The Lives of Others," about characters caught up in the surveillance society of East Berlin just before the fall of the Great Wall. The entire city is monitored by an elite group of secret police, called Stasi, who gather statistics and spy on the personal lives of citizens, looking for those spreading ideas contrary to the government, and rewarding those who turn suspects in. All mail is opened and read. Artists can be blacklisted. All public speech requires permission. It is a city that has chosen security above all other freedoms and rights.

Amidst all this, a top interrogator (renowned for his grueling 48 hour interrogation sessions) is assigned to wire-tap a playwright's house day and night. He becomes entangled in the day-to-day events of this artist, and despite his mission to find and report all suspicious activity, discovers his own motives changing.

How topical a film this is -- an example of what could happen to America if our current Administation's efforts to increase policing and surveillance power (in the name of National Security) are left unchecked. Just as now, the Socialist GDC's battle-cry was not "Hey, we're Authoritarian Fascists!" It was "We will Protect You," and just as now, the personal and business interests of government officials took priority over Law, stengthened by this Knowledge Over Everything.

If you are able, go see this film in the theatre.

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