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8/20 Al Queda? Says who?

Posted by novoscene on August 20, 2008

“The Shadows in the Cave”, the final 3rd of Adam Curtis’ “ThePower of Nightmares” documentary on the rise of the American Neo Con movement, screens tonight over at The Humanist Hall and I’m betting the house will be full of politically astute, righteously pissed off progressives, shaking their heads at what Curtis posits as Dubya and his boy’s latest scheme to screw over the world. And if the facts in the film have any merit, (a question that’s been sparking arguments since the film first debuted) they might be right.

The documentary, first broadcast by those crazy agit prop anarchists over at the BBC in 2004, compares the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the US with radical Islam, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two.

In “Shadows,” Curtis’ montage and voice over technique dissects the rise of Al Qaeda and it’s legitimacy as an actual terrorist group vs the possibility that the organization was more or less a creation of the United States, largely fabricated to justify waging a global war on all things “terrorist.”

Immediately drawing comparisons to Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911, Davis’ doc is a meaty, bitter pill and not the kind of thing you’d be gung ho to see if you’re a card carrying member of the GOP, unless of course you’re just in the mood for shouting and name calling. But we all know that politics and foreign policy are never topics of polite conversation.-kwan

The Shadows in the Cave
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Humanist Hall
390 27th Street, Oakland


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