Political Film Review #559

VOTING BEGINS ON NOMINEES FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2017
The year 2017 had many fascinating films raising political consciousness. In all, twenty-four films were nominated in the four categories for Political Film Society awards, though only four for Democracy (Bitter Harvest, The Post, Tickling Giants, A United Kingdom).

BALLOTS
Political Film Society rules require final balloting for only the top ones in each category, so ballots below enable members to narrow the two longer lists. If you feel that the film deserves serious consideration, mark your ballot ACCEPT. If you believe that the film is off the mark, mark your ballot DROP. If you did not see a film, the best way to vote is by putting an X for NO OPINION. Polls close at midnight January 31. If the emailed ballot is difficult to read, kindly go to the website.

For EXPOSÉ films, bringing to prominence lesser known facts that raise political consciousness, vote from the following nominees, selecting up to five films as ACCEPT, the rest either as films that should be dropped or those where you have no opinion. To learn more about each film, go to the www.polfilms.com Search tab.
TITLE                         ACCEPT   DROP   NO OPINION   CONTENT
13 Minutes                         ( )           ( )              ( )                  plot to kill Hitler
All the Money in the                                                                biopic of J. Paul Getty
World                                  (  )           ( )             ( )                   & grandson’s fate
Alone in Berlin                 ( )           ( )              ( )                  postcards v Hitler
Bitter Harvest                   ( )           ( )              ( )                  Ukraine Stalinization
Darkest Hour                    ( )           ( )              ( )                  Churchill elected 1941
Detroit                                ( )           ( )              ( )                  1943 Detroit race riot
The Divine Order             ( )           ( )              ( )                 Swiss sexism 1971
The King’s Choice           ( )           ( )              ( )                 Norway king v Nazis
Mark Felt                           ( )           ( )              ( )                 “deep throat”
Marshall                            ( )           ( )               ( )                Thurgood Marshall
The Pirates of Somalia ( )            ( )              ( )                 Somalia’s democracy
The Post                             ( )           ( )              ( )                 Pentagon Papers
Tickling Giants                ( )           ( )               ( )                Cairo comedian
Tom of Finland               ( )            ( )              ( )                gay SM porn cartoons
A United Kingdom         ( )            ( )              ( )                Botswana = new state
Victoria and Abdul         ( )            ( )              ( )                Queen Victoria escort
War Machine                   ( )            ( )              ( )                Afghan War = bad war
The Zookeeper’s Wife   ( )             ( )              ( )               saving Jews in Warsaw

For films that promote human rights, vote from the following nominees, selecting up to five films as ACCEPT, the rest either as films that should be dropped or those where you have no opinion. To learn more about each film, go to the www.polfilms.com Search tab.
TITLE                   ACCEPT  DROP  NO OPINION CONTENT
13 Minutes                  ( )          ( )           ( )                  Torture is ineffective
Alone in Berlin          ( )          ( )           ( )                  Nazi brainwashing
Battle of the Sexes    ( )          ( )           ( )                  Billy Jean King v Riggs
Bitter Harvest            ( )          ( )           ( )                  starvation of Ukraine
Brimstone                   ( )          ( )           ( )                  Gold Rush sex slaves
Detroit                          ( )         ( )            ( )                  1943 race riot
The Divine Order      ( )          ( )           ( )                  women in Swiss Alps
In Dubious Battle     ( )          ( )            ( )                  ag workers for fair wages
LBJ                                ( )          ( )            ( )                  civil rights victories
Marshall                     ( )          ( )            ( )                  Black lawyer’s life
The Post                    ( )          ( )            (  )                 freedom of the press
The Promise              ( )          ( )            ( )                  Armenian genocide
Trafficked                   ( )          ( )            ( )                 sex trafficking Mexico
A United Kingdom   ( )          ( )            ( )                 colonial mistreatment
A Zookeeper’s Wife  ( )          ( )            ( )                 Warsaw Ghetto

For films that promote peace, vote from the following nominees, selecting up to five films as ACCEPT, the rest either as films that should be dropped or those where you have no opinion. To learn more about each film, go to the www.polfilms.com Search tab.
TITLE                            ACCEPT   DROP   NO OPINION   CONTENT
Bitter Harvest                   ( )             ( )            ( )                     war on Ukraine
Detroit                                ( )             ( )            ( )                     police brutality
The Journey                      ( )             ( )            ( )                     No. Ireland peace
The King’s Choice          ( )             ( )             ( )                     Norway in WWII
The Post                            ( )             ( )             ( )                     Vietnam War lies
A United Kingdom         ( )             ( )             ( )                     freeing of Botswana
War Machine                   ( )             ( )             ( )                     Afghan War lies

The Political Film Society Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, February 1, at 9 a.m. (8481 Allenwood Road, LA 90046) to count ballots. Final ballots, to be posted that night, will have a deadline of February 28. Winners will be announced March 1 after a Board of Directors meeting, same place at 9 a.m.