August

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Bosses, workers, Elmo: amazing films at Traverse City festival

Here's a wrap-up of highlights from the 7th Annual Traverse City Film Festival that were not mentioned in previous columns.

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Radical history will come to life at Oklahoma Laborfest

One of the most remarkable features will be a special reading of Nor Iron Bars, which incorporates social realism, regionalism and agitation.

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Dissident Arts Festival held in New York

John Pietaro, a labor organizer and musician, along with poets and activists John and Steve Bloom, brought the festival to New York City last year from Beacon, N.Y., where it originated.

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Interracial marriage, class arrogance, idealism star at film fest

The ever-present Michael Moore, probably the most successful documentarian in world history, had a strong say in the choice of films screened at this progressive gathering.

Standing up: a poem for the picket lines

This poem was inspired by the just-concluded United Steelworkers convention.

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What lessons learned in "Rise of the Apes"?

The film makes you wonder how far humans have come, but it also asks how far we have to go.

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Cuban film "Habanastation" wins top film festival award

"Habanastation" is the rare Cuban film that shows the realities of the Cuban educational system and the excitement in Revolution Square during May Day.

Waiter, there's a newfangled technology in my soup

The unregulated nanotech industry is spreading through the U.S. food system.

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Movies tell the truth at Michael Moore's film festival

The film fest in Traverse City, Mich., created an enormously popular event that featured the best in progressive cinema, both challenging and entertaining.

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Poem of the week: "Allegiances" in troubled times

As if written for today's headlines, William Stafford's poem "Allegiances" reflects that we will have to take care of each other; we will be our own protection.

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