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Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair


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If this country's electorate cared more about honesty and truth, this film would be getting more attention in the media than the Bush-Dukakis debates. Unfortunately, stylish cover-up is the name of the game, and this straightforward account of how our country and Constitution are being sold down the river will only interest that portion of the populace that cares about one of the major international political scandals that the presidential campaign and the national media have been virtually ignoring, if not suppressing. Of course this is nothing new: enough of the Watergate story was already apparent before Nixon was reelected to have affected that election if the public had wanted to hear about it. Considerably more of the Iran-contra affair is apparent (including the Reagan-Bush administration's heavy involvement in the hard-drugs trade) in this first-rate, compulsively watchable documentary--directed by Barbara Trent, scripted by Eve Goldberg, and narrated by Elizabeth Montgomery, with music by Ruben Blades, Richard Elliott, Pink Floyd, and Lou Reed. But from the looks of things, the American public won't be interested until it's too late to make a difference. Spectators who feel differently are urged to take a look at this, and to bring their friends. (Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont, Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 6:00 and 8:00; Sunday, October 23, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00; and Monday through Thursday, October 24 through 27, 6:00 and 8:00; 281-8788)

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