Sunday, May 25, 2008

The War on Democracy

America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling' - George W Bush.

But the reality is vastly different.

John Pilger:
"More terrorists are given training and sanctuary in the United States than anywhere on earth. They include mass murderers, torturers, former and future tyrants and assorted international criminals. This is virtually unknown to the American public, thanks to the freest media on earth."

"During my lifetime, America has been constantly waging war against much of humanity: impoverished people mostly, in stricken places."

"In these surreal days, there is one truth. Nothing justified the killing of innocent people in America last week and nothing justifies the killing of innocent people anywhere else." (referring to 9/11)

Since his early years as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Pilger has been a trenchant critic of western foreign policy.

His views are widely publicised through his writings and documentary films. His polemical style has attracted both praise and criticism. But there is no denying the force and relevancy of his critiques.

Pilger turns his attention to the iniquities of American foreign policy in Latin America in Kelab Seni Filem's screening tonight --

Monday 26 May, 8.00pm

The War on Democracy

John Pilger; UK/Australia, 2007, 94 min

Award-winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipualtion of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary people to free themselves from poverty and racism.

Since the mid 19th century Latin America has been the 'backyard' of the US, a collection of mostly vassal states whose compliant and often brutal regimes have reinforced the 'invisibility'of their majority peoples. The film reveals similar CIA policies to be continuing in Iraq, Iran and the Lebanon. The rise of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, despite ongoing Washington backed efforts to unseat him in spite of his overwhelming mass popularity, is democratic in a way that has been forgotten or abandoned by the west.

* One of the film's great coups is Pilger's interview with Hugo Chavez himself.

Festivals: Cannes 2007; Galway 2007.

HELP Univ College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Admission by membership, available at the door: RM60 1 year (students RM30); RM40 6 mths; RM30 4 mths
Free admission for Alliance Francaise members & HELP students
Enquiries: 012-2255136

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Raymond Red Program

Raymond Red Program
Filipino filmmaker and teacher Raymond Red, who is chief judge for the BMW Short Film Awards, will present a special program for Kelab when he comes for the awards presentation.
He will present and discuss with the audience his short film Anino (Shadows), winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or, and a number of short films by his students, on Wed 14 May at HELP Univ College Theatrette, at 8pm.
This event is open to the public, free of charge.

There is no screening on Monday 12 May.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Raod to Kalimugtong

Kelab Seni Filem presents an award-winning Philippine indie film...

Monday 5 May 8.00pm
The Raod to Kalimugtong
Mes De Guzman; 2005, 87 min

For Jinky and Potpot, two Igorot children living in Benguet in northern Philippines, life is a daily trek to and from school through mountains, rivers and hanging bridges. Their elder brothers Ramil and Ronaldo work as market porters and all-round handymen to earn money and to Jinky and Potpot to school. Having lost their parents when they were all still young, and now living with their ailing grandfather, they have to support the family and fend for themselves. This portrait of rural family life in majestic Benguet is a lyrical tale of faith and survival, performed with freshness and spontaneity by real Igorot children. The beautiful images heighten the subtlety to lend a powerful voice to the marginalised people.

New Director's Prize, San Sebastian International Film Festival
Jury Prize, Cinemanila Film Festival
Best Director & Best Prod Design, Urian Awards
11 nominations including Best Picture, Gaward Urian

HELP Univ College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Admission by membership, available at the door: RM60 1 year (students RM30); RM40 6 mths; RM30 4 mths