Four Days in Chicago, with Life at Dawn and Committing the Truth.
FOUR DAYS IN CHICAGO (Haskell Wexler, 82 min.)
Academy Award-winning filmmaker and lifelong activist Haskell Wexler takes a personal look at Chicago over four days in May 2012 -- four days filled with politics, protest and police. The Occupy movement, the National Nurses Union, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink and others converged on Chicago to tell President Obama and Mayor Emanuel to stop the insane spending on wars around the world, and bring the money home for housing, schools and healthcare. Police were brought in from other states, and Mayor "1%" Emanuel spent $27 million to secure the city against the "threat" of citizens speaking out.
It was a huge event in Chicago, but the national press wouldnʼt cover it; hardly anyone outside the city even knew what was happening. All the American media fed the people were sensationalized images of a menacing Black Bloc; they suppressed stories of intelligent Americans exercising their constitutional right to protest. Emanuelʼs decision to militarize the city to protect the war-makers of NATO raised a key question: is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- or is it of, by, and for the 1%?
LIFE AT DAWN (Emmy Gyori, 7 min.
As Singapore became its own country and rapidly grew in political and economic power, one man stood up against the head of Singapore's political party and was arrested and detained for 17 years. Well-known in Singapore for his part in "Operation Cold Store", this detainee has lived to tell his tale - and he isn't afraid to speak up.
COMMITTING THE TRUTH (Niamh Heery and Cathal Burke, 18 min.)
Filmmakers Niamh Heery and Cathal Burke present Committing the Truth, a documentary on the Irish Red Cross Whistle-blower Noel Wardick. Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality are the seven fundamental principles that the Irish Red Cross claims to adhere to. Noel Wardick found himself in a position where he had to question whether these were the principles of an organization that leaves hundreds of thousands of euros of publicly raised money in undeclared local bank accounts for years at a time, or delays the provision of emergency aid to victims of flooding. A devoted member of the Irish Red Cross, committed to maintaining the dignity of an organization, Noel began to investigate the practices he saw going on around him and publish his findings anonymously online. He may not have known at the time that the moment he pressed 'Send' was a moment that set his life on a new course, one that has tested his personal strength and forced him to make many sacrifices.
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