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World Terrorism


World Terrorism



BETTER THIS WORLD

Directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega

The story of two young Texans accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention reveals the workings of the post 9/11 security state.

How did two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? BETTER THIS WORLD follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, BETTER THIS WORLD goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10- 12, College, Adults) / 89 minutes

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IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT

Directed by Marshall Curry

The Academy Award-nominated story of the radicalization of an environmental activist, from his involvement in and later disillusionment with Earth Liberation Front sabotage, to his eventual arrest by the FBI and incarceration as a domestic terrorist.

In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front-- a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat."

For years, the ELF--operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership--had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado.

With the arrest of Daniel and thirteen others, the government had cracked what was probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country.

IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, directed by Marshall Curry (Street Fight), tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members.

Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

Drawing from striking archival footage -- much of it never before seen -- and intimate interviews with ELF members, and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them, IF A TREE FALLS explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until early 2001 when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement, and the word "terrorism" had not yet been altered by 9/11.


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 85 minutes

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GLOBAL ISSUES: TARGETING TERROR

The war on terror requires greater cooperation among countries and a deeper understanding of terrorism's causes and manifestations. This program spotlights five nations caught in the crosshairs to examine regional history, terror -related issues, and counterterrorism actions: the U.S., post -9/11, where captured international terrorists have been handled by military rather than civilian courts; the U.K., where fighting the IRA has ultimately conferred little advantage to the country in its battle against the Islamic extremists in its midst; Germany and Japan, whose counterterrorism efforts are constitutionally constrained by their history as aggressors in World War II; and Colombia, a land of narcoterrorism where extradition to America has been the government's key anti -terror weapon. Some content may be objectionable.

DVD / 2010 / () / 29 minutes

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OATH, THE

By Laura Poitras

From the director of the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country, The Oath is a spectacularly gripping documentary that unspools like a great political thriller. It's the crosscut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Abu Jandal is a taxi driver in Sana'a, Yemen; his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan is a Guantanamo prisoner and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Jandal and Hamdan's intertwined personal trajectories¡Xhow they became bin Laden's bodyguard and driver respectively¡Xact as prisms that serve to explore and contextualize a world which has confounded Western media. As Hamdan's trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. The charismatic Jandal dialogues with his young son, Muslim students and journalists, and chillingly unveils the complex evolution of his belief system post-9/11. The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm¡Xand the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror.


DVD (Region 1, Color, English and Arabic with English subtitles) / 2010 / () / 96 minutes

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HIDDEN FACE OF FEAR, THE

By Enrico Cerasuolo & Sergio Fergnachino

With Professor Joseph E. LeDoux and Dr. Eric R. Kandel

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, New York has become the center of an epidemic of fear and anxiety that has spread throughout the Western world. Just as these emotions can spread contagiously throughout a society, they likewise spread within and can gain control of our minds.

THE HIDDEN FACE OF FEAR analyzes how our brains, on both a conscious and unconscious level, mentally process and physiologically respond to fear and anxiety, describes the social mechanisms of learning fear, coping strategies for dealing with fear, and explains how disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be treated.

The film features interviews with some of the world's leading experts on fear and memory, including neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Eric R. Kandel, neuropsychiatrist David Silbersweig, and other psychologists and neuroscientists at New York University's Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety.

Through profiles of several New Yorkers being treated for PTSD and panic disorder, THE HIDDEN FACE OF FEAR reveals the traumatic impact of 9/ll and how the brain's fear circuitry might be modified through the combined efforts of psychologists and neuroscientists.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2008 / () / 53 minutes

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MY ISRAEL - REVISITING THE TRILOGY

By Yulie Cohen

Few filmmakers have probed issues of Israeli nationalism and Israeli-Palestinian relations more completely or intimately than Tel Aviv-born Yulie Cohen. In My Israel, Cohen revisits her acclaimed trilogy My Terrorist (2002), My Land Zion (2004), and My Brother (2007) with new footage, fresh perspective, and her trademark fearlessness.

For Cohen, Israel is the land of her ancestors, the land her parents fought for during the 1948 war and the land she herself served as an Air Force Officer during the Entebbe crisis. In 1978, working as an El Al stewardess, she survived a terrorist attack in London that killed a colleague and left her with shrapnel in her arm.

Embarking on a difficult and emotional journey, she attempts to free the surviving terrorist who attacked her, to question the myths of the state that she grew up in, and to reconcile with her ultra-orthodox brother after 25 years of estrangement. My Israel is an account of remarkable courage and understanding set against the last turbulent decade of Israeli history, successfully combining Cohen's 10-year oeuvre in an incisive and refreshing new way.


DVD (Color, With Hebrew Subtitles) / 2008 / () / 78 minutes

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MY DAUGHTER THE TERRORIST

By Beate Arnestad

This fascinating documentary is an exceedingly rare, inside look at an organization that most of the world has blacklisted as a terrorist group. Made by the first foreign film crew to be given access to the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) of Sri Lanka, the film offers important insights into the recently re-ignited conflict in Sri Lanka.

Twenty-four-year-olds Dharsika and Puhalchudar have been living and fighting side-by-side for seven years as part of LTTE's elite force, the Black Tigers. Their story is told through cinema verite footage, newsreel footage, and interviews with the women and Dharsika's mother. The women describe heartbreaking traumas they both experienced at the hands of the Sri Lankan army, which led them to join the guerrilla forces. As they discuss their readiness to become suicide bombers and their abiding loyalty to the unnamed "Leader" ¡V who they are sure would never harm civilians ¡V grisly images of past LTTE suicide bombings provide somber counterpoints. Their curiously flat affects raise the possibility that they have been brainwashed. This even-handed documentary sheds light on the reasons that the Tamil Tigers continue their bloody struggle for independence while questioning their tactics.


DVD (Tami, Color) / 2007 / () / 58 minutes

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PROMISED PARADISE

Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich

How can one believe that terrorism leads to heaven? Banned by the Indonesian government, this provocative documentary examines the psychology of extremism in a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

Promised Paradise, a new film from renowned documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich, made international news earlier this year when Indonesian authorities suddenly banned it from screening at the Jakarta International Film Festival. The film follows a traditional Indonesian puppeteer and troubadour, the dynamic Agus Nur Amal, as he attempts to track down the terrorists who masterminded the 2002 Bali bombings (both living and dead).

During the course of his journey, he exposes the atmosphere of intolerance and confusion that pervades his country. At a puppet show for children, staged inside a cardboard television set, he re-enacts the September 11 attacks using a gyrating Osama Bin Laden doll. The children roar in laughter, until the play begins to show images of new bomb attacks in Indonesia ¡V first on the Australian Embassy in September 2004, and later in Bali in October 2005. "Everything you see on your television is a lie: in this cardboard television the people are made of flesh and blood," he tells his young audience.

In a chilling sequence, using ingenius editing, Agus confronts the notorious extremist leader behind the 2002 bombings in his prison cell. Freely quoting from the Koran, and referencing American foreign policy, he openly discusses his motives for the attack. To reach the remaining bombers, Agus attends the show of a local clairvoyant who claims to communicate with the dead. He asks him where the perpetrators of the suicide attack are now. The psychic's refusal to answer before an audience is telling - so Agus requests a private session.

Using performance to inspire critical reflection, Promised Paradise delivers fascinating and revealing insight into the social and religious undercurrents dominating Indonesian society today and the Muslim world at large.


DVD / 2007 / () / 52 minutes

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ANOTHER PAKISTAN

This is a Pakistan the rest of the world never sees: colorful, musical and vibrant. Another Pakistan takes a different look at a country widely perceived as backward, dangerous and a hotbed for terrorism, driven by Islamic fundamentalism at odds with the modern age. British Pakistani businesswoman Nighat Awan follows a personal journey that shows how unlike this perception the country really is. She meets Pakistan's number one rock star and one of it's leading fashion designers. She tours a textiles factory making garments for well-known European brand names and doesn't find any child laborers! She chats to a villager making beds, encounters a variety of children and students devoted to their country and tries her hand at golf. Pakistanis are very proud of their country and their religion. Islam has been highly misunderstood in recent years and in this film we are reminded that 'Islam means peace'. This is a testament to the other side of Pakistan - a culture with much music, color and humanity. Imran Khan, former cricketer, is also featured.

DVD / 2006 / (Senior High, College) / 50 minutes

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DEMOCRACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

This program is speculative and controversial. It discusses three major challenges to democracies in the 21st century. (1) World-wide terrorism, especially from radical Islamists. (2) Poverty in the developing world. (3) Radical right-wing and radical left-wing zealots in the western world. It offers background for productive classroom discussions and debate.

DVD / 2006 / (Secondary, College) / 37 minutes

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MY DAD IS INTO TERRORISM

Directed by William Karel

In the mid-1980s, Paris was hit by a wave of deadly terrorist attacks. When Gilles Boulouque, a well-respected judge presiding over the investigation, unexpectedly ¡V and mysteriously ¡V released the suspected terrorist mastermind, he was immediately vilified by the media, his colleagues, and the general public. On December 13, 1990, at the age of 40, he committed suicide.

Based on an acclaimed memoir by his daughter, this gripping documentary from award-winning Tunisian director William Karel reveals the true story behind the public investigation and its psychological toll on the lives of both the judge and his young daughter.

The documentary suggests, now widely believed to be the case, that the release of the terror suspect was orchestrated by the government in a secret deal with Iran in exchange for French journalists held hostage in Lebanon. Comprised of generous home-movie footage and remarkable news archives (including an astonishing televised spat between then-President Francois Mitterrand and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac), My Dad is into Terrorism is a powerful case study in the intersection of politics, ethics, media, and terrorism.


DVD / 2006 / () / 90 minutes

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BURIED IN THE BACKYARD

Directed by Monica Bigler and Sarah Prior

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, American preoccupation with personal security has reached proportions not seen since the Cold War. Buried in the Backyard traverses the American landscape to introduce us to men and women who are actively engaged in preparations for the next terrorist attack.

They are young and old, married and single, with kids and without; but they all spend a great deal of time building, stocking, playing and living in their bomb shelters. Some have a year's worth of food stored in their shelter; others have decided to build a second one, just in case. Whether seated on their living room couches, or taking us on a guided tour of their shelters, these 'security enthusiasts' discuss their reasons for being prepared, talk candidly about what most people think of their paranoia, and of course, how these people could become a threat by trying to crowd into their shelters should a nuclear attack take place (for the record, most say they won't let them in).

Depicting the lengths to which regular men and women will go to protect themselves, this fascinating documentary provides a compelling portrait of Americans facing their fears at the dawn of the 21st century.


DVD / 2005 / () / 30 minutes

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LEILA KHALED: HIJACKER

By Lina Makboul

In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at once a portrait of Khaled, an exploration of the filmmaker's own understanding of her Palestinian identity, and a complicated examination of the nebulous dichotomy between "terrorist" and "freedom fighter."

When Makboul tracks Khaled down, she finds Khaled living an ordinary life in Jordan, still firm in her belief that her actions were necessary and fully justified. The film weaves together scenes with Khaled, archival footage, and interviews with the people who were on the planes Khaled hijacked. Makboul searches for a way to reconcile her understanding of the Palestinian national narrative - which now includes Khaled's actions - with the negative image she encounters from the rest of the world of Palestinians as bloodthirsty terrorists. At the same time, she comes to know Khaled for the very real person that she is as they talk, travel together, and share meals. The result is a multi-dimensional film unlike any other in its skillful handling of the complexities that arise when liberation movements incorporate violence as a tactic.


DVD (Swedish and Arabic, Color) / 2005 / () / 58 minutes

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PALESTINE POST 9/11

Directed By: Osama Al-Zain

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon, the world witnessed a number of Palestinians celebrating on the streets of Jerusalem.

Palestine Post 911 is an examination of the tragic events of 911 from a Palestinian perspective. Through following Stanley Cohen, a Jewish lawyer from Manhattan, on his journey to Palestine, the film examines the setback the Palestinian cause has suffered as a result of Al Qaeda's actions and political rhetoric on one side and the US and Israeli policies on the other.


DVD / 2005 / () / 73 minutes

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BEYOND THE FRAME: ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON THE WAR ON TERRORISM

This DVD compilation features stand-alone interviews with some of the most prominent scholars and activists on the subject of mainstream media's coverage of the "war on terrorism."

The format is designed to allow educators to bring the voices of these cultural analysts directly into their classrooms.

Featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, Kevin Danaher, Robert Jensen, Naomi Klein, Manning Marable, and 18 others.


DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2004 / () / 146 minutes

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FACING TERRORISM: WE SHALL OVERCOME

The United States recently fell victim to acts of terrorism. This inspirational DVD shows a nation standing together in the face of adversity. See and hear our leaders and heroes stand up to the enemy and risk their lives to save others. Gain a sense of pride and security and a belief that 'we shall overcome.

Learning Objectives:
1) Students will see a country united in a time of crisis.
2) Students will learn what past leaders have said about freedom and liberty.
3) Students will learn about the terroristic attack against the United States on September 11, 2001.


DVD / 2004 / () / 16 minutes

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POINT OF ATTACK

Directed by Kathleen Foster

This timely documentary chronicles the post-9/11 racial profiling, large scale round-ups, detentions and mass deportations of Arab, Muslim and South Asian men as part of the government's "War on Terrorism." Interviews with detainees who tell about their arrest and detention, a mandatory special registration program that is imposed on Muslims, flights across the Canadian Border, and mass deportations overseas give a chilling view of their ordeal. The documentary frames the plight of these immigrant communities within the context of the US government's "other war" against civil liberties that is being waged via the USA Patriot Act. This sweeping legislation gives the government new powers to increase domestic intelligence gathering and surveillance and simultaneously to decrease judicial review and public access to information. Although the "point of attack" of such legislation may be specific immigrant groups, the broader implications, detailing the undermining of basic freedoms for everyone, are explored. The film highlights the collective efforts of immigration lawyers, students and community activists to provide legal and financial help to the imprisoned men and their families while mobilizing resistance to the growing attack on civil liberties.


DVD (Color) / 2004 / () / 46 minutes

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TERRORISM AND FEAR: HELPING STUDENTS UNDERSTAND

Terrorism occurs all over the world. Understand what terrorism is and see how terrorists operate. Strategies for how to cope after terrorists have acted are given in a video that sheds light on systematic, organized violence.

Learning Objectives:
1) Students will learn about various types of terrorist attacks. Both domestic terrorism and international terrorism will be discussed.
2) Students will learn about common emotional reactions to terrorism.
3) Students will learn about constructive things that people can do after terrorism has occurred.


DVD / 2004 / () / 20 minutes

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ZAHIRA'S PEACE

Directed by Nina Rosenblum

Zahira's Peace looks at the after-effects of the Madrid train bombings through the story of Zahira, a young woman, who was seriously injured in the attacks

The blast on the commuter train system in Madrid on the morning of March 11, 2004 killed 191 people and wounded 2,050. Zahira was on one of those trains. She survived but was gravely injured in the attack. This film documents her painstaking recovery, as she and her family slowly come to grips with her condition and the larger tragedy. Their resilience becomes emblematic of the country's healing process and a passionate plea for an end to the bloodshed.

Directed by Nina Rosenblum (Through the Wire, America and Lewis Hine, Code Yellow), Zahira's Peace is a moving account of a young woman and a country simultaneously speaking out against Terrorism, and asking for peace.


DVD / 2004 / () / 90 minutes

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BIOTERRORISM - THE TRUTH

We have known that biological weapons could be used in a terrorist attack for many years. But in the wake of September 11 this possibility has become a reality. Bioterrorism - The Truth examines whether it could happen, how it would be executed and what we can do to protect ourselves from the appalling consequences that would follow. Never has the threat of biological warfare been so real. As the Pentagon Chief of Biological Defense explains, there is already evidence that the terrorists of September 11 tried to buy crop-duster planes in order to spray deadly germs. And as Hiroshi Takahashi of Japans National Institute of Infectious Diseases reveals, one extremist group has already succeeded in releasing anthrax into the air. Although this anthrax was a nonvirulent strain, that they found appropriate ways to disperse it has alarmed defense experts across the world. From anthrax spray across New York to biological bombs going off around London we examine the possible forms a biological attack will take, the methods that could be used and the likely bacteria and infections that will be released into the airways of our cities.

And as demand for gas masks outstrips supply, this film investigates the advances in the detection of and defense against biological attack. From the armys Biological Integrated Detection System to long range laser detectors we reveal the state of our current systems to deal with a biological attack once it has begun. And the race is on to find vaccines. The masterminds of the Russian biological warfare programs are working alongside American scientists in an effort to find antidotes. Kanatjan Alibekov and Advanced Biosystems, funded by the US Army, are working on an inhaler vaccine that could create innate immunity in the respiratory tract. They believe it could significantly reduce the casualties in a bioweapon attack - if only they can finish it in time.

This film takes a frank look at the chilling reality of a biological attack, revealing the possible scenarios which might ensue and the race to protect our cities.


DVD / 2002 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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EMPIRE COLLECTION: SEPTEMBER 11

Director: Eleven short films by eleven acclaimed directors

Eleven acclaimed directors each make an 11 minute short film in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The result is a daring and moving global cinematic reply that "forces us to look at the entire event afresh." (The New York Times)

Featuring films by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Amores Perros); Mira Nair (The Namesake, Vanity Fair); Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley); Sean Penn (Into the Wild) and more.


DVD (Color) / 2002 / () / 135 minutes

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EVOLUTION OF MODERN TERRORISM, THE: CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

Both riveting and informative, THE EVOLUTION OF TERRORISM - CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER takes an unflinching look at terrorism. From examining its roots and historical evolution, to unveiling the organizational structure of terrorist groups today, the program investigates the geopolitical and economic environments which enable these groups to flourish and wage traumatizing campaigns of horror placing entire societies under siege.

The program also investigates the global war against terrorism, revealing the inner workings of intelligence and government agencies. It examines various deterrence mechanisms, border and immigration safeguards, technological precautions, monetary controls, and, most importantly, what preventative and humanitarian measures can be undertaken to curtail terrorist groups at their base and heal the wounds that have ripped our world apart.

THE EVOLUTION OF TERRORISM features commentary and insight from noted terrorism expert Dr. Jonathan White, an acclaimed author and instructor of both the criminal justice and anti-terrorism training programs.


DVD / 2002 / (Senior High, College) / 54 minutes

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HUMAN WEAPON

Directed by Ilan Ziv

For those unsatisfied with sensational television coverage featuring "terrorism experts," HUMAN WEAPON provides the first sober, in-depth examination of the complexities of the suicide bombing phenomenon.

Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe and the United States, HUMAN WEAPON weaves dramatic, previously unseen footage together with interviews of key militants whose organizations use suicide bombing as part of their strategy. It supplements these scenes with powerful human stories.

~ In Iran, the film looks at the "prototype" for the human weapon - the Basiji - young volunteers who were recruited to sacrifice themselves on the battlefield during Iran's long war with Iraq.

~ In Lebanon, the film combines interviews with key leaders of Hizbollah (the Party of God) and a former CIA agent with rare archival material and footage of a haunting visit to the family of a martyr. It also explores the very first suicide bombings - attacks directed at the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in 1983.

~ In Sri Lanka, the films examines the Tamil Tiger separatist movement, which took suicide bombings to the next level by launching hundreds of suicidal attacks against both military and political targets.

~ In Israel and the Palestinian territories, the film interviews failed suicide bombers, key leaders of Hamas and other militant organizations, Israeli doctors, and Palestinian psychiatrists. The film draws an intimate portrait of a recent suicide bomber and his community on the West Bank, to trace the recent phase in the evolution of suicide bombing: the ultimate weapon of terror, the political strategy of targeting civilians.

~ Finally, in the United States, HUMAN WEAPON explores, with the help of well-known author Robert Jay Lifton, some of the far-reaching historical ramifications of suicide bombing.

HUMAN WEAPON is not primarily concerned with suicide bombing as a local phenomenon in a particular conflict. Rather, it strives to understand the recent history, and how the introduction of this new weapon has unleashed a different kind of warfare, whose impact we are yet to grasp.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2002 / () / 55 minutes

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MY TERRORIST

By Yulie Cohen

In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen was wounded in a terrorist attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A stewardess for the Israeli airline El Al, she was attacked along with other crewmembers when getting off the bus to the hotel in London. In a remarkable twist of faith, twenty-three years later Cohen began questioning the causes of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and started to consider helping release the man who almost killed her, Fahad Mihyi.

From the time she was a young girl, Cohen considered herself a staunch Israeli nationalist. Growing up in an upper middle class neighborhood in Israel (where her neighbors included future Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Arik Sharon, and military hero Moshe Dayan), she patriotically served in the military. After working as an Israel coordinator on a film shoot and visiting the occupied territories, Cohen came to realize that both Israelis and Palestinians played a role in perpetuating the cycle of hostility and bloodshed. It was her goal to stand up as a survivor and call for reconciliation on each side. An inspiring story of forgiveness, Cohen's poignant documentary is a moving testimony of human compassion and a call for peace.


DVD (Color) / 2002 / () / 58 minutes

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POWER AND TERROR: NOAM CHOMSKY IN OUR TIMES

Director: John Junkerman

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our Times gives the public a rare opportunity to see and listen to one of the most articulate, committed and hard-working political dissidents of our time, MIT linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky.

Chomsky has been called "the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times, yet he has generally been ignored by the mainstream in America. Recently, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Chomsky found himself called upon to provide much-needed analysis and historical perspective regarding this moment in American history. In the months following 9/11, Chomsky gave dozens of talks on four continents, conducted scores of media interviews, and published a book called 9-11 - a surprise bestseller in some of the 22 countries in which it was published.

Chomsky remains a steadfast critic of United States foreign policy and presents his often unpopular, but always incisive arguments based on decades of research and analysis, ultimately contextualizing recent events in light of the history of Imperialism.

Chomsky places the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the context of American foreign intervention throughout the postwar decades - in Vietnam, Central America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Beginning with the fundamental principle that the exercise of violence against civilian populations is terror, Chomsky - in stark and uncompromising terms - challenges the United States to apply to its own actions the moral standards it demands of others.


DVD / 2002 / () / 74 minutes

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UNEXPECTED OPENINGS

Directed by John Michalczyk

This DVD chronicles the evolution of the paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland from the time of the 'Troubles' through the current tenuous peace process. Shot on location, including in the Maze and Crumlin Road prisons, the DVD tells the stories of former Irish Republican Army, Ulster Defense Association and Ulster Volunteer Force prisoners who have returned to society after fifteen to twenty years in prison. In frank interviews, the prisoners - considered "freedom fighters" by some and "terrorists" by others - share reflections of their confinement and their realization that their objectives cannot be reached through violence. Many of the men are now active in social work, politics and education, and have thus become Northern Ireland's hidden resources in the peace process. The DVD also includes historical footage and interviews with government officials, politicans, police, prison chaplains and victims of the violence.


DVD (Color) / 2000 / () / 60 minutes

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EDWARD SAID - THE MYTH OF THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS

In this important lecture, which is particularly relevant to the 'War on Terrorism,' Edward Said challenges the ideological assumption that the contemporary world is characterized by conflicts between different and "clashing" civilizations (Western, Islamic, Confucian).

DVD / 1998 / () / 60 minutes

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