Opinion

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Trapped in history: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

In "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Herzog adds a sometimes absurd, but always human, touch.

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“Love During Wartime”: A Romeo and Juliet story from the Holy Land

A couple's innocent dream to escape the bonds of politics, time and tribe ineluctably butts up against the sanctions of all-too-organized society at every turn.

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"Miral": controversial film paints Middle East mirage

Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel's latest venture onto the screen is a controversial adaptation of Rula Jebreal's novelistic memoir of her childhood and youth beginning just around the time of the Nakba, otherwise known as Israel's war of independence.

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"Islam radicals" hearing recalls Hollywood witchhunt

Peter King's congressional inquisition of the purported "radicalization" of U.S. Muslims is taking place the same month as the 60th anniversary of another all-American witch hunt.

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Progressive Cinema: The Oscars vs. The Progies

Without the Oscar's glitz and glamor, the Progies laid honors on films of social substance, and artists of talent and commitment to the struggle.

Nominees announced for “people’s alternative” Academy Awards

The James Agee Cinema Circle has announced its fourth annual "Progie" Award nominees for 2010's best progressive films, actors and filmmakers.

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Pete Postlethwaite gave us the great “Brassed Off”

The great British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died of cancer Jan. 2 at 64, starred in one of the most progressive films that came out of England in the 1990s.

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Must-see list: stellar progressive film directors and their gems

Here is a far from exhaustive list of some progressive directors and gems that should be mandatory viewing for activists who appreciate the power of film and culture in the struggle.

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"Fair Game": Valerie Plame, Iraq truth and lies

"Fair Game"  steadily explains how the truth was twisted, exploded, exploited and finally suppressed, to convince Americans to sacrifice our riches and our children in Iraq.

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“Four Lions”: comedy about would-be terrorists

Marketed as a laugh-filled romp, "Four Lions" offers much more.

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