Bend it Like Beckham
"'I put 'Bend It Like Beckham' first, then last, then first
again. 'Bend It Like Beckham' is about bucking the system to find
your own dream, but the system is family expectations and traditions,
not government authority. I liked the movie's message of following
not only your dream, but following your talent and being the best
at what you choose to do. But then I wavered - it wasn't the government
that was trying to suppress the girl's choices, it was her family.
Is it really a libertarian message? Is promoting liberty and freedom
limited to throwing off government shackles? So I thought about
this some more. I decided that the quickest place to find a definition
of libertarianism ought to be on the Libertarian Party website.
It states: 'Libertarians believe that being free and independent
is a great way to live. We want a system which encourages all people
to choose what they want from life; that lets them live, love, work,
play, and dream their own way.' Maybe the best way to promote this
mesage is to show how freedom works - not how oppression fails.
So who's to say that 'the system' is just the government? Why can't
it be anything that tries to limit your choices? I decided that
a movie that says it's OK to be your best, follow your heart, be
honest, and maybe love, hope, family, and acceptance will still
bring everyone together in the end, is fully deserving of the top
"'Cute movie, but there's nothing libertarian about it. Zilch.
I'm not one who thinks any movie that shows 'individualism' is libertarian.
After all, there's an individualistic streak in liberalism and in
conservatism, too. There's nothing uniquely 'libertarian' about
fighting against the wishes of your parents or your culture. (Keep
in mind: At no time did the *government* try to stop the young woman
from playing soccer.) Further, I would argue that in a libertarian
world, we *need* cultural guidance to help protect people against
those vices that libertarianism would make legal. This isn't to
say that we (personally) approve of a culture that discourages young
women from playing soccer; just that we don't automatically bestow
a 'libertarian seal of approval' on someone because they fight that
culture. So: 'Bend It Like Beckham' is a nice (mildly) feminist
movie, and a cute 'culture clash' movie, and a decent sports movie.
But it isn't a libertarian movie." --B.W.
"'Bend It Like Beckham' is delightful and charming. A wonderful
story about culture clashes, intergenerational conflict, and everyday
family tension, the film demonstrates the power of openness and
tolerance. But its message is not precisely libertarian. In fact,
the film does not address the relationship of man to the state at
all. Perhaps 'classically liberal' would be a more apt label. Regardless,
it has a funky soundtrack and reminds us of the richness and beauty
of human happiness." --K.Y.
"Okay movie, but very light on libertarian themes IMO -- and
that's coming from someone who thinks and writes a lot on personal
freedom issues. Resisting family/cultural influences *can* be pro-freedom,
but in this movie it was presented much more as a typical teen-coming-of-age
dilemma rather than an obvious freedom-related situation. Decent
enough movie, but too light on strong libertarian ideas." --S.M.
"This is a great film about personal independence, sure to
hit a mark with libertarians. " --K.R.
"A really upbeat film. Thanks for the suggestion!" --D.U.
"I'd give this film points both for its personal independence
theme and also it has some social tolerance content. It's an upbeat
story and a great watch. A must-see for girl athletes." --A.N.
[Released in Britain in 2002, but didn't hit the theaters in U.S.
till 2003.] --J.O.
In This World
"'In This World' doesn't promote freedom, but shows how bad
oppression is. Actually, it would probably be more precise to say
that its message is that war, corruption, greed, indifference, and
hopelessness are bad. I don't know that this is a peculiarly libertarian
message, so I ranked it lower. It is a magnificently crafted film
from a cinematic standpoint, following no formulaic conventions
about how to tell a story. It mixes dramatic and documentary techniques
to create a moody, unflinching look at the plight of refugees of
war. By introducing techniques of voiceover fact presentations and
title overlays, it sets up an expectation that we are about to watch
a documentary, and that what we are about to see is being filmed
as it happens. Yet clearly, it must be a fiction, because it's too
sharp, clean, and choreographed to be anything but staged. It maintains
a curiously detached and distanced voice, and even the characters
themselves seem rather remote from their own lives. They have a
sad, worn-down air, and seem to trudge ahead with neither hope nor
fear even in the most horrific circumstances. Their detachment from
their own lives distances the viewer from them as well, unfortunately."
"Visually, a brilliant movie. Stunning, even. Along with the
2002 movie 'Bloody Sunday,' this is perhaps the most authentic-looking
recreation of 'real-life' events I've ever seen. If I didn't know
it was fictionalized, I would swear it was a documentary (except
for the fact that I couldn't imagine a camera crew standing by while
people starved in a cargo container). The cast is also extraordinary;
the director did a smart thing by casting real Afghan refugees to
play the major roles; they gave the movie a verisimilitude that
no professional actors could match. However, I found the libertarian
message weak. Yes, it touched on the 'evils' of immigration law,
but I thought the movie was more about the general dangers of poverty-stricken
refugees traveling thousands of miles through dangerous, corrupt,
and unknown countries. So: Intriguing movie with a fuzzy pro-freedom
"'In This World' should remind Westerners of the power of
freedom and prosperity for people will struggle mightily to obtain
them. In fact, people will cross the globe, endure great suffering,
and even risk their lives simply to enjoy what many of us take for
granted. That, of course, is an important message, but it is quite
subtle. Also important is the notion that human trafficking, like
all black markets, is a terribly nasty business, but the black market
aspect is only implied and will not likely be heard by anyone who
does not already accept it. While touching, the film begins with
a confusing introduction that suggests that one is about to watch
a documentary about the horrors of war and the plight of war refugees.
And its references to American bombing of Afghanistan might put
off some viewers who think the Taliban and al Queda were worth every
bomb. Still, 'In This World' does put a human face on immigration
and challenges us to show compassion to those would cross our borders
to join our society." --K.Y.
"Interesting but uneven. It would have worked better for me
as a documentary, rather than a movie, and more details of why the
two men were so driven to get out of Peshawar would have been helpful
too. Still, a very compelling story, with some truly wrenching moments."
"The story of two Afghan boys trying to make their way from
a refugee camp to the free world. Pro-immigration spin that libertarians
should appreciate." --E.P.
"Very sympathetic to the plight of immigrants." --G.G.
[Released in Britain in 2002, but didn't hit the theaters in U.S.
till 2003.] --J.O.
The Little Chinese Seamstress
"'This is not a movie without flaws, by any means. The manner
in which it portrays literature and classical music as being magically
transformative is a little syrupy and snobbish (not to mention wildly
unbelievable), but hey - they only had two hours to try to explain
how great books and music can speak to the soul, so I have to cut
them some slack. The oppressive Communist Chinese 're-education'
program was clearly criticized. There were many characters in the
film who spoke directly about freedom. So the message was loud and
clear, both for freedom and against oppression. Throw in a sweet
love story, stunning landscapes, and appealing main characters,
and it's a winning combination." --M.F.
"A nicely done movie with beautiful scenery, and an interesting
look at the real-world consequences of Mao's Cultural Revolution.
It's the best of the nominated films in terms of answering the question:
'What happens if a nutjob with total power runs your country?' However,
that said, politics is to a large degree only the background element
of the movie. The real point seemed to be the transformational power
of art--in this case, literature. The novels of Balzac were able
to lift two city boys out of their miserable circumstances and give
them hope, and inspire the Little Chinese Seamstress to find a new
life. But that transformation was personal, not political--which
is why this movie only made #2 on my list. That said, it was an
interesting look at totalitarianism. (By the way, I had previously
read the book upon which this movie was based, 'Balzac and the Little
Chinese Seamstress,' by Dai Sijie. It was also very good.)"
"'The Little Chinese Seamstress' is a moving story of the
human cost of government oppression and the irresistible impulse
to read, learn, and tell the truth in spite of that oppression.
It is the antidote to Orwell's '1984.' Told on a personal scale
with which everyone can identify, the film is beautifully written
and superbly acted. With gorgeous cinematography and smooth subtitling,
it draws in the viewer and holds him gently for 2 hours. It captures
the human spirit and lifts it up from the mud into which some always
want to pull it." --K.Y.
"What a movie! Gorgeous cinematography, and an engaging story.
While the libertarian themes aren't as explicit as they are in other
movies (and perhaps not as 'pure'), their understated nature fits
this movie perfectly. There are a few missed beats -- most notably
the unexpected fast-forward toward the end of the movie, but they
are minor and do not detract significantly from the film. I am not
a person who likes to watch movies over and over -- but I already
want to watch 'The Little Chinese Seamstress' again. Hands down
the best of the nominees." --S.M.
"The story line, highly-reminiscent of Ayn Rand's novel 'Anthem,'
follows the fortunes of two friends Luo (Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye)
as they undergo 're-education' in Mao's camps." --ISIL
"Definitely a film that libertarians should see." --S.R.
[Released in France in 2002, but didn't hit the theaters in U.S.
till 2003.] --J.O.
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
"Personally, I seem to be missing the 'Lord of the Rings'
gene. I understand that the books and movies are epic, beloved,
revered, memorized, quoted, and re-enacted in full regalia upon
occasion. The whole LOTR world just doesn't grab me. It's a character
flaw, I guess. Generally, I don't care for war movies where the
audience is supposed to be dazzled by the sheer spectacle of 3000
extras and stuntpersons in full costume, hair, and makeup hacking
away at one another with various weapons of personal destruction.
To me, LOTR is a war movie, largely built around giant battle scenes.
Yet it succeeds phenomenally well at conveying the message that
one courageous individual who stands fast and true can change the
world (as long as the world hasn't been destroyed by the aforementioned
battles). I think libertarianism and individualism are inextricably
linked, therefore LOTR is eligible to be considered as having a
libertarian message." --M.F.
"I read the LOTR books (years ago), and loved them. I saw
the movies, and enjoyed them. However, if this ranking is based
(partly) on the ability of movies to help persuade non-libertarians
to consider becoming libertarians, 'The Return of the King' fails.
Yes, I understand that some libertarians would argue that it is
a parable of the dangers of power. And, yes, it is. However, the
only message that most ordinary Americans will get from it is: 'Don't
let evil wizards get magical rings of power. But, if they do, little
guys with big feet to save us.' There is nothing uniquely *libertarian*
about the movie or its message. Besides that, you can equally make
the argument that the rings represent not power, but *technology*.
(Compare the agrarian Shire with the industrialized Mordor.) So:
Cute fantasy movie, some nice special effects, admirable job of
turning Tolkein's masterpiece into a motion picture. But the allegedly
libertarian message is either vague, non-existent, or will be missed
and/or ignored by most people." --B.W.
"'Lord of the Rings' is a brilliant film trilogy, and 'The
Return of the King' is a glorious third act. 'Libertarian,' however,
is an odd label to put on to it. The film is world-class in its
production quality and epic in its story and imagery. A grand tale
of friendship, love, war, loyalty, fear, betrayal, struggle, honor,
and so on, libertarians will quickly grasp the theme of power's
temptation and its capacity to corrupt. At best, the film is 'Homer
and Lord Acton Go to Hollywood,' but most viewers will see it as
simply good vs. evil. That is highly entertaining, but most of us
already ally with good, even if many of us don't quite understand
it or don't always get it right. And the end is long time coming.
While a great film, it would not change a single mind, although
it makes a handsome case for monarchy." --K.Y.
"To me, this is a beautiful movie with powerful themes that
was irreparably damaged by unnecessary changes from Tolkien's original
tale. I'm not a Tolkien purist (putting the Strider-Arwen love story
into the main story line didn't bother me, for example), but the
numerous and totally arbitrary changes left me very dissatisfied
with the trilogy. Aragorn's quest remains compelling, but Jackson
destroyed the relationship between Sam and Frodo with the small
change in the story, when they're near the top of Mt. Doom. Other
omissions -- particularly the harm done to the Shire -- also weaken
the power of Tolkien's story." --S.M.
"A fitting finale to this fabulous three-part story. The 'power
corrupts' message is clear and the film itself is an artistic masterpiece."
"OK, this has to be the winner. Awesome film, just awesome.
And you'd have to be an airhead not to get the idea from it that
too much concentrated power is bad." --A.A.
"'Return' is a special-effects extravaganza in which characters
with strange names and unclear motivations engage in violent struggles,
mostly resolved by magic--white or black--in an atmosphere that
is a potpourri of myths and legends from many times and places.
'Power corrupts' seems to be the closest thing to a unifying theme
in 'Return.' Power may indeed corrupt, but that is not the core
belief of libertarians. Libertarians, for example, hustling entrepreneurs,
might seek power of various kinds. The core beliefs of libertarians
are that each person has the right to live his/her life as he/she
wishes so long as others are not harmed and that the initiation
of force to achieve political and social goals should be eschewed.
I don't see this worldview in this film." --P.O.
"The LOR trilogy has to be one of the great libertarian film
Sand Storm (aka Bawandar)
"Of the five nominated films, this was the movie I had the
least expectations for, and perhaps the movie with the most negatives.
Yet, it struck me as the movie with the most powerful libertarian
message. That, coupled with extraordinary scenery, a fascinating
look at another culture, and several excellent, underplayed performances
(from the victim and her husband) put it at the top of my list.
Like 'Bend It Like Beckham', this was about a woman defying her
culture. However, unlike 'Bend It Like Beckham,' the government
(that is, exploitive politicians, a corrupt police force, a sleazy
judge, and an appallingly backward criminal justice system) was
involved, and worked hand-in-hand with the worst elements of that
culture to further victimize the rape victim. In this movie, the
government was so corrupt and inefficient that it could not perform
even its most basic function--protecting people against criminal
force, and bringing the criminals to justice afterward. The message
of Bawandar is clear: The powerful use government to maintain their
power, and ordinary people have no chance against that power. On
the negative side, this movie suffered from an unnecessarily complicated
structure (a 'cute' couple researching the crime years later, while
having pseudo-profound debates about East versus West, men versus
women, and so on), some cheesy acting from the villains, and an
amateurish style (which appears to be typical for 'Bollywood' films).
But despite the drawbacks, the movie's clear libertarian message,
coupled with an inspiring real-life battle against government oppression,
made it my #1 choice." --B.W.
"'Bawandar' is a massive disappointment, largely because of
its significant but entirely missed potential. The film's libertarian
storyline is overwhelming -- even upsetting -- but that power is
entirely dissipated by the subtitles, which are simply awful. The
subtitle pacing is much too quick, often eluding the viewer, which
disrupts the flow of the movie and distracts from the gripping tale
being told. Perhaps this simply reflects the natures of Hindi and
English, but I cannot imagine watching this in a theater without
a remote control to rewind and pause. The translation from Hindi
to English is irritatingly poor. So much for the residue of British
Empire and the promise of Bollywood. On the other hand, the translation
is so dreadful that the too rapid pace of the subtitles frequently
spares one the pain of seeing the English language so savagely abused.
Perhaps the subtitles are a metaphor for the main character herself,
who is beaten, raped, and humiliated. A less significant challenge
to the film is its embedding in India's unique culture and politics,
especially its caste system. For a Hindi speaker, 'Bawandar' is
probably a powerful film. For the rest of us, it is simply frustrating."
"This movie didn't work for me, as a good movie or as one
with libertarian themes. The heavy-handed Bollywood acting and script
often made me laugh out loud, when I was supposed to be feeling
outraged or sympathy, not amusement. Individualist and pro-women
ideas alone do not make a movie libertarian. I often found myself
cringing as the protagonists were manipulated by high-level Saathin
officials and other government bureaucrats under guise of helping
them. I empathized with with Saanvri Devi, but knowing 'Bawandar'
is based on a true story isn't enough to overcome the film's numerous
deficits for me (or for my male viewing companion, who was less
forgiving of the movie than I)." --S.M.
"A true story about a truly heroic woman who took on the Indian
justice system to face down corruption and instiutionalized injustice."
"I saw this one on the recommendation of a friend and I have
to say it's a great, very touching film. A powerful story about
the pursuit of justice." --F.C.
[Released in India in 2000, but didn't hit the theaters in U.S.
till 2003.] --J.O.
"I just got finished watching The Animatrix and it's very good!
What this video/DVD is, is a combination of CG-animation and Japanese
anime. It also has libertarian-oriented messages through almost
all of its stories. The Animatrix is a series of 9 different films.
One story (Final Flight of the Osiris) is the prequel to Matrix
Reloaded, and the others tell the stories of the last cities of
mankind, the war with the machines and mankind's ultimate downfall.
I thought The Animatrix was great!" --M.R.
The Barbarian Invasion
"A biting look at socialized medicine, the drug war, and other
sacred cows." --D.R..
"Not the best film I've ever seen, but certainly of interest
to libertarians. The story is about a man revealing a covert government
mind control operation." --A.L.
"Here's the description for Control Factor. 'Lance Bishop was an
ordinary, energetic, happily married salesman for a large insurance
conglomerate...until one day at the office turned his life upside-down.
After nearly being killed by a mysterious disheveled man who burst
into his office, Lance begins to hear a powerful voice in his head
that encourages him to kill his wife. Questioning his own sanity,
Lance discovers the voices are part of a widespread government mind
control project.'" --H.B.
High Times Potluck
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"An off-beat pro- marijuana legalization film that should
be of interest to libertarians. Only playing here and there, however,
so it's hard to find it in the theaters." --J.P.
"The people who made this film must be high themselves. Why
is it taking so long to get it released properly? I've been waiting
a year to see it." --H.A.
House of Sand and Fog
"Great at showing the negative effects of government."
"The plot is thick with libertarian themes: an Iranian immigrant
brings his family to the US; he works two jobs to acquire enough
money to buy a fixer-upper that he then sells at a higher price
so he can improve his lot (the capitalist ethic); and when he picks
up a house out of a county repossession sale, he is challenged by
the prior owner who through her own irresponsible behavior (not
opening her mail for several months, which included proper legal
notices of county action) loses the house, to what started out as
a government clerical error. So, after the fact, the irresponsible
woman becomes the 'victim,' and demands that the rule of law be
dismissed in her favor. I won't give away the ending, which is less
than satisfactory, but it had the audience in tears." --L.B.
"This film doesn't seem to have much to do with libertarianism.
It's [just] an intense drama about the tragedy that results when
the irresponsibility of one person intersects with the inflexibility
of another." --P.O.
"Antonio Banderas stars as a psychic who helps find political
dissidents kidnapped by the Argentine government." --T.U.
The Matrix Reloaded
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"Cool flick with an anti-authoritarian flavor." --V.O.
"I have another submission for your Miss Liberty movie list. It
is called Profoundly Normal. Kirstie Alley stars as a retarded girl
/ lady who marries a black man (also retarded) and documents their
struggles with institutions and popular prejudice (both kinds).
Then it also follows the trials of their son. It is based on a true
story, so it is especially poignant. The kind of film that Dr. Thomas
Szasz would applaud! Kudos to CBS for their courage and presentation."
"I liked the positive portrayal of the 'Independent Spirit.'
The story centers on two brothers, who have lived their whole lives
on their on terms and never seemed to care what society or anyone
else thought of their decisions. You come away with the feeling
that these brothers lived a happier life by doing things their way,
than the others around them who lived by society's rules."
X2: X-Men United
"A great continuation of the original X-Men storyline, with
an underlying emphasis on the importance of tolerance." --H.G.
"A very good film, definitely. Not as good as the first X-Men,
but still good. And the tolerance theme is still there." --M.T.
"Good film, but I don't think the libertarian thing is all
that prominent here." --W.F.
Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police
"This is a must-see for anyone concerned about their rights
as citizens." --P.Y.
"'Busted' is more of an instructional video than a 'documentary.'
And while I'm completely sympathetic to its message, at the end
of day, cops pretty much get to do what they want, and unless you've
got it caught on video, it's going to be your word against that
of the cop." --P.F.
"I would show 'Busted' to my friends, in their own immediate
self-interest. Who hasn't felt that dread when they see red lights
in their rear-view mirror, even when they are completely innocent?
It's practical knowledge that everyone can relate to." --M.F.
"Good information, as far as it went, on tactics for dealing
with law enforcement officer encounters. A bit too much ACLU cheerleading
(especially since they don't seem to care about Second Amendment
rights), but still a solid treatment of an increasingly important
issue. Also good for expanding conversations regarding police power
and police states, and related issues." --S.M.
"An important video that helps to protect individual rights
by informing people of those rights." --J.C.
"'Busted' was certainly instructive and practical. The running
of alternative scenarios to demonstrate the value of prudent behavior
was fun and most useful. And it gave great advice: be polite but
firm, never consent, don't concede, and don't answer questions without
a lawyer. That is a lot less expensive than law school or hiring
a criminal defense lawyer. In sharp contrast to 'Innocents Betrayed,'
however, the film's set up--a re-enactment of a roadside bust--fails
to grab the viewer. It was too long given the complete lack of framing
of the issue. A shorter re-enactment or more direct set up would
have been better. It was also a bit hokey at places, and narrator
Ira Glasser was weak as an on camera personality. Overall, it felt
like an instructional video that would be shown in class, and I
suspect television viewers happening upon it would move right along
thinking there is nothing to see here." --K.Y.
"Quite informative. A lesson of value for almost everyone."
Help Me! I Can't Help Myself!
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"Like so much of Stossel's stuff--wonderful to see, especially
on prime-time network television."--P.F.
"John Stossel is so consistently good - thoroughly entertaining
while being thought-provoking - that he's a tough act to beat. I
just can't believe sometimes that ABC not only airs his pieces,
but produces them, promotes them and gives them prime time slots.
Big kudos to ABC for sticking out their necks with potentially controversial
"John Stossel has made yet another great documentary. This
one is about addiction and the need for addicts to at least try
to fight the addiction to the degree possible and not just surrender
themselves to the "I am a helpless addict" stuff so often
preached by therapists. Having been an addict myself, I can tell
you this is good advice, and you don't hear it often enough."
"Another great 'personal responsibility' documentary!"
"'Help Me, I Can't Help Myself!' Is my definite choice for Libertarian
Documentary of the year. This report does a good job of exposing
the the underlying mentality in our society that people are basically
helpless. So many people believe this is true, that it eventually
follows that we need to have a government that must do everything
for everyone, or else our whole society will collapse. I hope that
this program lead at least some people to rethink those assumptions."
"'While I like John Stossel very much, this film didn't have the
power -- or the clear libertarian connection -- that some of his
other specials have had. Very good material challenging addiction
models, but that isn't necessarily a libertarian message."
"'Help Me!' was standard Stossel, which is to say, excellent.
His challenging questions always manage to get subjects to ridicule
themselves with their own words. I sit there thinking, 'Do these
people know just how crazy they look?!' His ability to get people
to open up and speak frankly is amazing. The implications for public
policy -- especially lawsuits and tort reform -- are powerful, but
he did not draw them out enough. I would have liked to see him spell
out more of the connections and consequences for public policy.
In keeping with his consumer reporting roots, he was quick to point
to the predatory business that feed on and feed the victimology
culture, which was good but probably won't redeem him to the left."
"Top notch! One of Stossel's very best!" --K.H.
"'Innocents Betrayed' is quite interesting, but I think (and
without very much tweaking) it would work better as a condemnation
of collective forms of government. Obviously, gun rights are important
and relevant whenever we're talking about oppressive regimes, but
so is the entire bundle of rights, personal and economic."
"This documentary gives historical evidence for the connection
between gun control and genocide." --C.P.
"This film graphically shows what happens when the protectors
(governments) become the predators upon the people (citizens) whom
they have first disarmed using 'gun control' laws. Facts, figures,
photos and footage that you'll never forget, from around the world
and here in America." --T.S.
"A powerful film that shows, again and again, the inevitable
result of gun control. Not a pleasant film to watch, but very well
done. This movie has the capability of getting through to most of
the anti-RKBA individuals in this country. It also provides a good
springboard to talk about other government abuses of power beyond
firearms issues.'" --S.M.
"'Innocents' has a great intro that grabs the audience by
the throat and holds them for nearly the entire time. The pace was
wisely quick, especially given that historical subject matter risks
being less than riveting. I was particularly pleased that the film
presented the brutal and awful truth of European settler treatment
of Native Americans, showed slavery and Jim Crow for the violence
that they were, and did not blink at discussing right-wing violence
against socialists and their leftist cohorts. Two criticisms: First,
in the section on Nazi violence, the film recited the laundry list
of victims but failed to mention gays. I found that omission a bit
troubling. Second, the text of laws passed too quickly to read through
and really sink in. That diminished the power of the message and
challenged the viewer too much. I loved the provocative connection
to 9/11." --K.Y.
"Presentation never really drew me in the way it needed to.
Compared to the other two nominees, it was a distant third."
Burden of Innocence
"'This documentary reveals that prisoners whose convictions
are overturned often receive no compensation, no job training, not
even an apology from the State--and so, traumatized by their experience
and robbed of their reputations, they often end up homeless."
"'An eye-opening look at the FDA's flawed approval process."
Larry vs. Lockney
"A good documentary about middle-class heroism against government
"Summary: What happens when a father goes against the grain
to uphold the democratic rights of his son? Meet Larry Tannahill.
He was the only parent in Lockney, TX to object to the school board's
new mandatory drug-testing policy." --J.O.
"'Spellbound' is an exhillerating documentary showcasing adolescents
from all American walks of life striving to do their best at the
spelling bee national competition. These eager and bright teenagers
are pursuing dreams for themselves, their families and the film's
audiences. I may not be able to spell it, but I sure laugh and cry
when these kids do!" --A.S.
Third Party: Political Alternatives in the Age
"Tells the kind of uphill battle faced by third parties in
the U.S. Mostly focused on the Green Party but still relevant to
"Good summary of the kinds of challenges faced by third parties
in the U.S." --E.V