[HCCN] film announcement BODY OF WAR

Judy Robbins JROBBINS at MAINECOASTMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 4 16:54:50 EST 2008


BODY OF WAR

TWO SHOWINGS -- FRIDAY DEC. 5 AND SUNDAY DEC. 7, BLUE HILL LIBRARY  
7:00 P.M.

PENINSULA PEACE & JUSTICE FILM SERIES -- FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  
ALL WELCOME.

excerpted from film review:



"His body might be done, but there's no quit in the heart, soul,  
spirit and passion of Tomas Young.

As if presiding over a prolonged doomsday hall of shame, the  
distinctive baritone-like voice of Capitol Hill reading clerk Paul  
Hays is heard airily intoning the names of each of the U.S. senators  
who voted to send U.S. soldiers into harm's way in Iraq on the  
premise that Sadaam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.   
Mr. Hays' voice seems ominous as we see that from the very start of  
"Body of War", Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue's documentary, the number  
counter grows, leading to a total of 77 out of 100 U.S. senators  
voting "aye" to send Tomas Young and hundreds of thousands of other  
young American men and women into Iraq into an invasion based upon  
false pretenses.



....

The understated message that flies just below the surface but is said  
by both Senator Byrd and Mr. Young is that America's citizens must  
forcefully challenge the very people (like Democratic U.S. senators  
John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Dianne Feinstein and numerous  
Republicans, among others) who voted for a war which only 1% of the  
U.S. population has sacrificed in.  James Madison's famous words  
(which you should read and absorb in a darkened theater rather than  
here) are quoted at the start of "Body Of War" and is a thread in  
conjunction with an excerpted series of impassioned speeches  
throughout by Senator Byrd on the senate floor.  These quoted words  
and the West Virginia senator's urgency are as shrewd a device and an  
extension of the truism that Mr. Byrd, in spite of his past  
contradictions, becomes as much a founding father in his own right as  
Mr. Madison ever was, especially in a post-9/11 America.

"Body Of War" is an imperative cinema experience, one which should be  
viewed by all of those who have the eyes to see what the domestic  
mainstream press has deliberately shunned its electronic eyes from:  
the physical and emotional costs of war on those who fight it and  
come home.  Thus far, it is the very best film to see the light of  
day this year.

read the full review at:  http://www.popcornreel.com/htm/bodywarrev.htm 
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