Minglewood begins Living Room Movie series

The Living Room Movie series begins at Minglewood at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5, and runs every other following Thursday. These movies have been produced and are being shown worldwide through an unprecedented grass roots effort to shine light through the misinformation we are being systematically spoonfed by the conglomerate media corporations. Suggested donation is $2, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Come early for most comfortable seats! Coffee, snacks and soft drinks will be available. Lively discussion will follow all movies.

Feb. 5: Uncovered: the whole truth about the Iraq war is an hour-long movie sponsored in part by Moveon.org, Americanprogress.org and America’s oldest weekly magazine, The Nation. It features more than 20 CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons to fight a “pre-emptive” war that was not necessary. Some supported the war itself but are deeply concerned about the way information was misused. All believe it is their duty to speak up. Among those interviewed are former Ambassador Joe Wilson, weapons inspectors Scott Ritter and David Albright, anti-terrorism expert Rand Beers, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and Washington editor of The Nation, David Corn.

Feb. 19: The Revolution will not be Televised documents the recent overthrow of Hugo Chavez, a colorful and unpredictable folk hero beloved by his nation’s working class. Elected president of Venezuela in 1998, he proved to be a tough opponent to the power structure that would see him deposed. Two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace on April 11, 2002, when he was forcibly removed from office. They were also present 48 hours later when, remarkably, he returned to power amid cheering aides. Their film records what was probably history’s shortest-lived coup d’etat. It’s a unique document about political muscle and an extraordinary portrait of the man The Wall Street Journal credits with making Venezuela “Washington’s biggest Latin American headache after the old standby, Cuba.” Running time: 74 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles.

March 4: Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Focusing on events leading up to election day and the attempt to count legally cast votes in the days that followed, Unprecedented examines a suspicious pattern of irregularities, injustices and voter purges—all in a state governed by the winning candidate’s brother. Evidence is shown that Governor Jeb Bush, Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and other Republican state officials ordered the manipulation of a list of former felons to include thousands of legitimate voters who had no criminal history. The day after the election, George W. Bush was ahead by a razor-thin margin. But 175,000 ballots went unread by the ballot-counting machines. The standard procedure in such situations is to conduct a manual recount. Instead, there was a 36-day battle in the courts, the streets and the mass media surrounding these unread ballots. The Bush campaign was determined to stop any recount. In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Florida court, halting the recount and influencing the outcome in Bush’s favor for the 2000 presidential election. A year later, a consortium of U.S. media organizations published the results of an exhaustive study of all of Florida’s unread ballots. The consortium concluded that had all these ballots been counted and the discernable votes been tallied, Al Gore would be the 43rd President of the United States. Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, winner of 11 independent film festival awards, warns us that we must insist our elections be conducted in a manner above reproach, that all legitimate voters may exercise their right to vote, and all legal votes must be counted. Anything less undermines our democracy.

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