13 Aug 2017

Interview With Tom Secker: Exposing Influence Of Military, Security Agencies On Hollywood

On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, host Kevin Gosztola interviews Tom Secker, the co-author of “National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.” He also regularly publishes his work to SpyCulture.com. Secker obtained government records indicating the Pentagon provided “support” or influenced 814 films from 1911

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13 Jul 2017

A Tribute To Jack Shaheen And His Groundbreaking Work On ‘Reel Bad Arabs’

“Though the movie may contain compelling cinematography and engrossing performances, as history,” “Lawrence of Arabia” “receives a failing grade,” renowned media critic Jack Shaheen wrote. “Throughout, the theme of cultural domination prevails—the civilized British conquering civilized folks.” Shaheen continued, “After all, the movie concerns a brave Englishman, not a valiant Arab.

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Still from "Boy Of War." Source: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boy-from-war-demo-fund-animation#/
06 Sep 2016

‘Boy From War’ Filmmakers Describe Power Of Animation To Present Trauma Of War

Shadowproof interviewed Usama Alshaibi and Eman Akram Nader about the subject of their unique and stunning project, “Boy Of War.”

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Still from "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," film by Ana Lily Amirpour.
11 Aug 2016

Bringing The Horror Film Industry To The Middle East

In the wake of the Arab Spring, there has never been a better time for Middle Easterners to indulge in horror as an art form and means of social commentary.

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Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian actor (1940-2016) By Mohammad Hassanzadeh [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
07 Jul 2016

Remembering Abbas Kiarostami’s Revelatory Films

Award-winning Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami died on July 4. He was known for “watchful eyes,” an ability to make films revealing new aspects of life.

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30 Dec 2015

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2015

Kevin Gosztola picks the best films of 2015: the movies that pushed boundaries, started conversations and lingered in his mind for days after viewing.

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28 Dec 2015

Telling the Truth: A Tribute to Cinematographer & Humanitarian Haskell Wexler

A tribute to the impressive career of cinematographer and humanitarian, Haskell Wexler, who died at 93 on December 27.

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29 Sep 2015

Film Review: ’99 Homes’ Is Compelling Tale Of Corruption Around Home Foreclosures

Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” depicts corruption in the housing market in Florida through compelling characters shaped and affected by this underworld.

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11 Sep 2015

Resurfaced Documentary: Donald Trump Used Undocumented Immigrants, Screwed Taxpayers

A 1991 documentary on Donald Trump suppressed from broadcast by legal threats from Trump titled “Trump: What’s The Deal?” is now available online. The documentary paints an extremely unflattering picture of Trump as a businessman and a man in general highlighting questionable if not illegal business practices and making all but explicit claims that Trump committed adultery while married to Ivana Trump with his later wife Marla Maples.

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