Political Film Review #529

Presidential elections years usually flood theatres with politically significant films. During 2016, however, fewer films were nominated in the four categories for Political Film Society awards than 2015. No films were nominated to inspire confidence in democracy, three films related to peace (Eye in the Sky, Land of Mine, and Tanna), five featured human rights (The Innocents, Loving, The Birth of a Nation, Race, Silence), though twelve were Exposé films. Political Film Society rules require final balloting for only the top 5 in each category, so ballots below enable members to narrow the longer list for Exposé films. If you feel that the film deserves serious consideration, put an X in the parentheses. Polls close at midnight January 31. If the emailed ballot is difficult to read, kindly read the attached file.

For EXPOSÉ films, bringing to prominence lesser known facts that raise political consciousness, select up to 5 films:
( ) Denial (Holocaust denier sues Holocaust expert for libel in a London court.)
( ) Free State of Jones (A liberated territory of Whites and freed slaves declares independence during the Civil War.)
( ) I, Daniel Blake (How bureaucrats frustrate jobseekers.)
( ) The Innocents (How Russian troops raped nuns in their occupation of Poland after World War II.)
( ) Land of Mine (German boy POWs are forced to clear landmines in Denmark but half die.)
( ) The People v Fritz Bauer (German Attorney General Bauer despite opposition in his country tracks down Eichmann.)
( ) Race (How track star Jesse Owens overcame racism.)
( ) The Siege of Jadotville (Irish UN peacekeeping troops in the Congo face overwhelming Katanga opposition.)
( ) Silence (How Japanese got rid of Christianity.)
( ) Snowden (How and why Snowden blew the whistle on surveillance of everyone in USA.)
( ) Tanna (A traditional Vanuatu tribe, which has resisted colonization accepts “love marriage.”)
( ) War Dogs (How millions have been made from the arms trade in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere.)

To complete your ballot, send to either polfilms@aol.com or to Political Film Society, P.O. Box 461267, Hollywood, CA 90046. Voting for films in the other three categories will begin on February 1, 2017.
Some of the films listed are available from well-known websites.