Political Film Newsletter #10

HUMAN RIGHTS DOMINATES RECENT NOMINEES FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS
Two films have been nominated as best films of 1966 in the category of human rights:
The Chamber focuses on two elements–the brutality of the gas chamber and the continuing menace of the Ku Klux Klan.
Spike Lee’s Get on the Bus portrays myriad political alternatives within the Black community in response to the call for the Million Man March of 1995.

MICHAEL COLLINS NOMINATED
Winner of several film festivals, the dramatic portrayal of the mastermind of Irish independence in the years 1916-1922 has been nominated for best film in the category of Peace. Although Collins led a guerrilla campaign, he disavowed violence as a preferred tool, he fought entirely in self-defense, and the film ends with his assassination on a mission to stop the Irish civil war of 1922.

EARLIER NOMINEES FOR 1996 PFS AWARDS
Dead Man Walking and Lone Star have also been nominated for PFS awards for raising political consciousness in regard to human rights among films exhibited earlier in 1996.

MORE POLITICAL FILMS EXPECTED IN 1996
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on the Salem witch hunts is scheduled for release by the end of the year. The English Patient will depict damaged lives in Italy at the end of World War II. The Ghosts of Mississippi will retrace the assassination of Medgar Evers. The People vs. Larry Flynt will feature the obscenity trial of the famous porn king.

PFS MEMBERS CAN NOMINATE BEST FILMS FOR 1996
Categories for awards are as follows:
o democracy
o exposé
o human rights
o peace
Send your nominations to the Political Film Society.

HAWAI`I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS NOVEMBER 8
Featuring more films from Asia and the Pacific Basin, the annual HIFF starts in Honolulu on November 8, then moves to Neighbor Islands on November 16. Attendance is free at all events, though HIFF depends upon donations and gives priority seating to those who contribute. Each year PFS selects the best political film at HIFF.

PFS PUBLISHES WORKING PAPERS & SYLLABI
Five Working Papers are available for purchase:
#1 Genovese, “Art & Politics: The Political Film as a Pedagogical Tool”
#2 Morlan, “Pre-World War II Propaganda: Film as Controversy”
#3 Giglio, “From Riefenstahl to the Three Stooges: Defining the Political Film”
#4 Williams, “The Real Oliver North Loses: The Reel Bob Roberts Wins”
#5 R. I. Savage, “Popular Film & Popular Communication.” Politics and Film” Syllabi, authored by the following, are also available:
#1 John Williams
#2 Ernest Giglio
#3 Henry S. Kariel.
To obtain copies, send a $1 donation per item requested to PFS, with a check payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation.”>