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Strategic Offense

A program of politically charged shorts. Charlton Heston stands in for George W. Bush in Diane Nerwen's The Thief of Baghdad (2003), a collage of snippets from old Technicolor epics that transforms Hollywood orientalism into an indictment of U.S. foreign policy. The war in Iraq also figures in Janet Fuchs and Deb Huston's Let My Country Awake (2003), a documentary about peace demonstrations held around the country in 2003 that were all but ignored by the mainstream media. Bettina Frankham's Out of Fear (2003) examines the plight of Middle Eastern and Asian refugees seeking political asylum in Australia. Also showing: Dara Greenwald's Strategic Cyber Defense, Carola Dertnig's A Room With a View of the Financial District, and Lori Hiris's The Invisible Hand. 101 min.

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