Political Film Newsletter #12

HUMAN RIGHTS FILMS SWAMP NOMINEES FOR PFS AWARDS FOR 1996
Seven films have been pre-nominated for best political films of 1996 in the category of Human Rights. As PFS rules allow no more than five final nominees in a category, members can now vote to select the top five:
o The Chamber
o The Crucible
o Dead Man Walking
o Get on the Bus
o The Ghosts of Mississippi
o Lone Star
o The People vs. Larry Flynt
Mail your ballots to the Political Film Society!

HAWAI`I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOMINEES
Among the many films exhibited in the Hawai`i International Film Festival, ten have been pre-nominated. Since PFS rules do not permit more than five nominees per category, members can now vote to select the top five. Vote for up to five from the list below:
o Bones of the Forest, a Canadian documentary about the effect of logging on indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
o Buddha Bless America shows how the U.S. military treated local residents in Taiwan in a cavalier manner while undertaking exercises.
o The Coolbaroo Club shows how aborigines organize a response to white oppression in Australia.
o The Flor Contemplacion Story examines the tragic circumstances of the Filipina who left for Singapore to make money for her family and then was executed for allegedly killing a fellow domestic and her charge.
o Hawai`i’s Last Queen tells the life story of Lili`uokalani.
o Kalo Pa`a o Waiahole shows how taro farmers in Windward O`ahu fought to bring water to agricultural lands for Native Hawiaiians.
o Makua: To Heal the Nation explains the background behind the rise of a city of Native Hawaiian squatters along the beach in Leeward O`ahu.
o Rats in the Ranks shows machinations of politicians in a Sydney suburb.
o A Single Spark, a feature film from Korea, depicts governmental repression of complaints against substandard labor conditions rather than enforcement of the law.
o Six O’Clock News, a documentary about violence on television in the USA. Mail your ballots to the above address!

OTHER NOMINEES FOR 1996 PFS AWARDS
For the category of Peace, there was only one nominee:
o Michael Collins
For the category Exposé, there were four nominees:
o Basquiat
o Dead Man Walking
o The People v. Larry Flynt
o Stonewall.

PFS PUBLISHES WORKING PAPERS
#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 Savage, “Popular Film & Popular Communication”
#6 Aoki, “‘Chan Is Missing’: Liberalism and the Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture” (new!).
For copies of these six Working Papers, send PFS a $1 donation per item, payable to “University of Hawai`i Foundation.”