Friday Sep 26, 8pm, $6
ATA, 992 Valencia@ 21st, San Francisco, www.atasite.org
Scary Cow film co-op presents:
IRAN (is not the problem)
with Q &A with Antonia Juhasz, Larry Everest and Robert Gould.
IRAN (is not the problem) is a new feature length film responding to the
failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant
and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as
happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the
international community, bent on 'wiping Israel off the map', supporting
terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these
claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of
present and historical US /IRAN relation.
It looks at the struggle for democracy inside Iran, the consequences of
the current escalation and the potential US and/or Israeli attack, and
suggests some alternatives to consider. This 79 minute documentary
features Antonia Juhasz (The Bu$h Agenda), Larry Everest (Oil, Power,
and Empire), and other activists and Iranian-Americans. There are
differences of opinion between many of the voices in this film, but all
agree that a war would be unjustified.
See the trailer at _www.iranisnottheproblem.org_
Plus Q & A with:
*Antonia Juhasz* - expert on oil, war, U.S. economic/corporate interests
in Iraq and Iran, etc., activism and social change, author of 'The Bush
Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time' and 'The Tyranny of
Oil' (_http://www.TyrannyofOil.org_ ), and
Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and Oil Change International.
*Larry Everest* - author of 'Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S.
Global Agenda'. He has covered the Middle East and Central Asia for
over 25 years for Revolution newspaper and other publications, reporting
from Iraq, Palestine, India, and Iran in 1979 and 1980, shortly after
the revolution that toppled the Shah, interviewed Islamic militants then
holding the U.S. Embassy, and reported from Iranian Kurdistan.
*Robert Gould* - expert on US-Iranian history/relations, nuclear weapons
and related health issues, anti-war activism. Former national president
and current Bay Area chapter president of Physicians for Social
Responsibility, Co-author of 'Rollback! Rightwing Power in U.S. Foreign
Policy', contributing author in 'The New World Order and the Third
World', 'War and Public Health', and many articles on health,
environment, nuclear and bioterrorism, and the persistent legacy of
global militarism and violence.
Produced by Aaron Newman, an independent film-maker and part of the
Scary Cow film co-op in San Francisco. He is an
anti-imperialism/pro-democracy activist, founder of the SF Chomsky Book
Club, and a member of Hands Off Iran.
'After years of working on Iran and Middle East politics, this is
perhaps the most engrossing and easily digestible film Ive ever come
across. A phenomenal educational tool that explains often misunderstood
and complex issues in US-Iranian relations.' - Sanaz Meshkinpour,
Middle East Program Coordinator, Global Exchange
'I have watched it twice, and am deeply impressed with how much crucial
historical context it provides in an engaging and accessible manner,
combining archival footage with incisive analysis from interviews by
US-based activists and scholars...I consider "IRAN (is not the problem)"
to be an invaluable tool for raising our collective consciousness around
the deeper reasons driving military aggression, for combating our lethal
national amnesia in relation to Iran, for inspiring discussion,
reflection and action, and for empowering citizens to better understand
the present in light of the past.'-Zara Zimbardo, Fellowship of
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