Political Film Review #612

VOTING STARTS FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2019

Twenty-two films have been nominated by the Political Film Society for 2019 in each of four categories. Official Secrets and The Report are the only nominees for the category DEMOCRACY. Four films have been nominated for promoting PEACE—15 Minutes of War, Ashes in the Snow, Jirga, and Official Secrets. However, a large number of films have been nominated for EXPOSÉ and HUMAN RIGHTS. Because no more than five films can appear on the final ballot, members now have an opportunity to narrow the list. By January 31, members now can vote YES for the top five in each category. If you feel that a film is utterly deserving, then vote NO. If you are neither strongly in favor nor against, select UNDECIDED:

 

Among EXPOSÉ films, vote for the FIVE films that best bring to light lesser known political facts:

FILM TITLE YES NO UNDECIDED CONTENT
15 Minutes of War       French attack on Somali terrorists in 1976
Ashes in the Snow       Soviet attack on Lithuania in 1941
Brian Banks       Black athlete falsely charged with rape
Capernaum       Child sue Syrian parents for being born
Dark Waters       Lawsuit that bankrupted DuPont
Go for Broke       Japanese Americans prove loyalty in WW2
Harriet       Biopic of Harriet Tubman
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians       Romanian Holocaust in WW2
The Invisibles       1,700 Berlin Jews survived Nazi German
Just Mercy       Black man falsely charged with murder
Mob Town       How the FBI finally focused on the Mafia
Official Secrets       How countries were forced to support Iraq War until blackmailing was exposed.
Red Joan       The woman who leaked nuclear secrets to the USSR to ensure mutual deterrence and therefore non-use.
The Report       Bush administration‘s use of torture exposed despite CIA pressure.
Richard Jewell       FBI incompetence in dealing with Atlanta bombing in 1996
Seberg       Famous movie star supports Black Panthers
Skin       Former White Nationalist campaigns to stop the movement
The Two Popes       Why Pope Benedict resigned in favor of Pope Francis
 
For HUMAN RIGHTS films, vote to accept the best FIVE from the following nominees:
FILM TITLE YES NO UNDECIDED CONTENT
Ashes in the Snow       Soviet mistreatment of prisoners
At War       How globalization produces unemployment
Brian Banks       Unequal criminal justice for a Black athlete   
Capernaum       How Syrian refugees cope in Lebanon
Clemency       Capital punishment toll on all involved
Dark Waters       How DuPont poisoned its Teflon employees
Harriet       How slaves were mistreated and fled north
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians       How Romanians refuse to acknowledge their guilt over their version of the Holocaust
Just Mercy       Racial bias in Alabama criminal justice system
The Report       Visual examples of USA torture
Richard Jewell       The FBI hounds an innocent person
Saint Judy       Lawyer wins landmark case allowing sexual mistreatment as grounds to get asylum.
Seberg       FBI harasses woman for supporting Black Panthers
Skin       How White Nationalists support terrorism
 

The Political Film Society Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, February 1, at 9 a.m. (8481 Allenwood Road, LA 90046) to count ballots. The top five will be placed onto the final ballot along with the nominees in the other two categories. Final ballots will be distributed February 1.