Political Film Newsletter #15

DALAI LAMA TO BE IN FEATURE FILMS
During 1997, four films about the Dalai Lama are expected. The Disney film refused to change the film to please the People’s Republic of China.

AMISTAD DUE FOR RELEASE IN DECEMBER 1997
Stephen Spielberg and scriptwriter Steve Zaillan are following up their Schindler’s List with a film portraying a slave revolt aboard the ship Amistad in 1839. When the ship ends up in New York harbor, President Van Buren signs an executive order to send them on to Cuba, the original destination, an order challenged successfully by John Quincy Adams, whereupon they sail back to what is now called Sierra Leone. Deja vu: It’s the Spielberg of The Color Purple, again, making films to enlighten his two adopted African American children and the rest of us.

ONE NOMINEE FOR 1997 PFS AWARD
Only one film has been nominated for an award for 1997. Rosewood is nominated for the categories of Expose and Human Rights.

PFS MEMBERS CAN NOMINATE BEST FILMS FOR 1997
Categories for awards are as follows:
o democracy
o exposé
o human rights
o peace
Send your nominations to the above address.

PFS PUBLISHES NEW WORKING PAPER BY BARBARA ALLEN
The latest in the Working Paper Series is as follows:
#7 Barbara Allen, “Using Film and Television in the Classroom to Explore the Nexus of Sexual and Political Violence.”
Other 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 Savage, “Popular Film & Popular Communication”
#6 Aoki, “Chan Is Missing”: Liberalism and the Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture”
In the Politics & Film Syllabus Series, syllabi authored by the following are also available:
#1 John Williams
#2 Ernest Giglio
#3 Henry S. Kariel.
#4 Michael Haas.
To obtain copies of publications in either series, send a $1 donation per item requested, with a check payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation,” to the above address.

POLITICAL FILM SOCIETY INVITES NEW MEMBERS
In its eleventh year of operation, the Political Film Society is the only organization that recognizes outstanding achievement in raising the political consciousness of the filmviewing public while working toward greater educational understanding of the role of film in politics. Initial membership is $5, payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation” and sent to the Political Film Society. Continuing members pay $5 yearly for hard copies of newsletters, whereas email and fax copies are free. The Society’s new email address is as follows: PolFilmS@aol.com