I AM, is a probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better. This represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit.I… Read the rest
This Feature-Length documentary surrounds the establishment of the World Freedom Alliance (WFA) in Stockholm, Sweden, in November 2020.
The World Freedom Alliance will provide a worldwide platform linking with various associations and organizations offering access to justice, true dialogue for health science and politics while holding worldwide officials to account under the law.… Read the rest
“Politics is dεad, because it was set up to fail and the “cοrruptiοn” you see today are ALSO a part of the plan so we all say “Give us something better!” TECHN0CRACY will be their newly proposed “savior” of the world, best to leave the future of the world up to the EXPERTS, but in this system Gοd is nowhere to be found and you are expendable.”
Will Smith stars as Bobby Dean, a successful Washington lawyer. An old acquaintance of Dean, on the run from the NSA, drops a computer disk into Dean’s Christmas packages just before he is killed. Dean does not know that he has the disk, much less that the disk proves that CIA operatives killed a Congressman (an unbilled Jason Robards) for opposing their plans to expand surveillance. Dean quickly becomes a target of the NSA, whose agents break into his house and vandalize his belongings, bug his house, freeze his bank account and credit cards, and send pictures of him with a woman he had once had an affair with to his wife and employer.
Now on the run from the NSA, Dean meets Edward Lyle (Gene Hackman), a former NSA surveillance agent and developer of high tech surveillance systems who is now “off the grid” and trying to destabilize the intrusiveness on civil liberties that the NSA has undertaken. Lyle reluctantly agrees to help Dean get his life back, and together they turn the tables on the NSA, using their own weapons against them.
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. Sound familiar?
When Entertainment Mirrors Reality
When we find out a bat in China infects a pig that is sold in a street market starting a chain of events that is the cause of a catastrophic pandemic, the similarities to what is unfolding this year with COVID-19 the Coronavirus, puts a surreal spin on the phrase: “industrial disease.”… Read the rest
What started out as a typical video spiraled out into a full-blown, (albeit minor) film that should inform and shift perspectives about the looming earth emergencies:
One media outlet recently described the highly funded and organized burgeoning International climate protest movement as, “based deeply on contemporary research and rigorous analysis of what has made social and revolutionary movements successful throughout history and while organised on flexible scale-uppable decentralised principles borne out of silicon valley start-ups, the movement also has another aspect deep in its core…”
But what had made me so loyal to a platoon I had known so briefly – during not more than a few short meetings in the weeks leading up to the protest?
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school
It’s 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic Erin Gruwell is just starting her first teaching job, that as freshman and sophomore English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, which, two years earlier, implemented a voluntary integration program. For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate.
Despite choosing the school on purpose because of its integration program, Erin is unprepared for the nature of her classroom, whose students live by generations of strict moral codes of protecting their own at all cost. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn’t until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to understand what she’s up against. And it isn’t until she provides an assignment of writing a daily journal – which will be not graded, and will remain unread by her unless they so choose – that the students begin to open up to her.
As Erin tries harder and harder to have resources provided to teach properly (which often results in her needing to pay for them herself through working second and third jobs), she seems to face greater resistance, especially from her colleagues, such as Margaret Campbell, her section head, who lives by regulations and sees such resources as a waste, and Brian Gelford, who will protect his “privileged” position of teaching the senior honors classes at all cost. Erin also finds that her teaching job is placing a strain on her marriage to Scott Casey, a man who seems to have lost his own idealistic way in life.
Teaching the Unteachable
Following the L.A. Riots, the mood in our city was unsettling, and on our first day of high school, we had only three things in common: we hated school, we hated our teacher, and we hated each other.
Many of the students who entered Erin Gruwell’s freshman English class weren’t thinking about how to make it to graduation, but how they could make it to sixteen years old. Racial and gang tension had peaked and a record 126 murders had occurred in Long Beach that year. With the external stresses of a divided city, the students of Room 203 were not concerned with the education system that had already failed them on multiple occasions. Gruwell’s students had been written off as unteachable and below average.
Regardless of what her peers tried to tell her, Gruwell sought to engage her jaded students. She chose, instead, to listen to what they had to say and saw beyond the stigma of their low test scores. She brought in literature written by teenagers who looked and talked like them, who faced struggles just like theirs. The students soon realized that if they could relate to the complete strangers in their books, they could certainly relate to one another.
They started to form a diverse family, accepting of all, that they named the “Freedom Writers” after the 1960s Civil Rights activists, the Freedom Riders. In this newly formed safe space, the Freedom Writers began writing anonymous journal entries about the adversity they faced. They felt free to write about gang violence, abuse, drugs, love, and everything else real teenagers dealt with on a daily basis. The rawness and honesty of their journals was published in a book called, “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which became an instant “New York Times” Best Seller.
All 150 Freedom Writers graduated in 1998. Many have gone on to pursue higher education and lucrative careers. The Freedom Writers Foundation was created shortly after to help other educators mirror Erin and the Freedom Writers’ accomplishments and ensure a quality education for all students.
One of the most highly anticipated films of 2019 is Billion Dollar Bully, a documentary film about Yelp's alleged extortion of small business owners. This topic was so popular, after the trailer was released in March of 2015, Yelp's stock fell by more than 4% .
The film, Access Abundance For All takes a structuralist approach in showing the huge contrast between our negative societal structures currently in place, and the much better alternative of a Resource Based Economy.
Although this film uncovers the horrors of our current society, it does however have a very positive message, and the many solutions it puts forward is evidence of that.… Read the rest
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