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Antidotes to propaganda

Issue No. 1847

THE NEXT time you find yourself shouting at the lies and propaganda on our TV screens, why not give yourself a break and get out one of the excellent videos currently available?

THREE KINGS David Russell's 1999 film begins in March 1991, just after the first Gulf War had officially ended.

It shows the hypocrisy of that war and how it failed to bring liberation to the Iraqi people.

Russell said recently that he had wanted Three Kings to overturn Americans' self-satisfaction at having won a 'moral victory' in 1991. There is no 'glory of war' in Three Kings. Instead there is a terrifying sense of what really happens when somebody is shot. Russell is also against the latest war.

He wrote, 'When I made the movie, I felt that the abandonment of the Iraqi people at the war's end further pointed to the hypocrisy of our intervention: 'It's the oil, stupid, not the people. We don't care about the people or democracy, OK?''

DONNIE DARKO A time-travel film that manages to go much deeper than its superficial teen movie look.

It exposes the hypocrisy of the fundamentalist Christian right in the US, and gives a sense of the pressures on young people. It also explores the real meaning of words like 'education' and 'freedom'.

SWEET SIXTEEN Socialist film director Ken Loach's most recent film.

It portrays the life of (about to be 16) Liam and his attempts to give a proper welcome to his mum, who will be let out of jail on his 16th birthday. It's a compelling and sensitive film which graphically shows the poverty and violence of working class people's lives.

This film is both very funny and very sad. Liam is brilliantly acted by 17 year old Martin Compston. Ken Loach sympathises totally with his characters and their dilemmas. But at the same time the film condemns the very limited choices that are open to them.

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Sat 19 Apr 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1847
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