May 31, 2010, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - New York City
HUDSON INSTITUTE FILM FESTIVAL
Hudson Institute held its first annual Film Festival, an all-day event, on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street, New York City).
Documentary feature films have emerged as a powerful medium for communicating ideas and highlighting problems to the public. Hudson Institute featured films which help illuminate and educate the public on subjects of concern to the Institute's mission.
After a review of dozens of worthy films that came out in the past year, our selection committee chose three films to showcase at the first annual Hudson Institute Film Festival. These films highlight the Iranian nuclear threat, the battle of Fallujah, and anti-Semitism at American universities. The film directors attended the screenings and engaged in a Q & A session after each film.
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11 AM — "The Last 600 Meters: The Battles of Najaf and Fallujah"
This 90-minute documentary by Michael Pack looks at the two biggest battles of the Iraq war — Najaf and Fallujah — through the firsthand testimony of those who fought them. It offers perspectives on these battles, and lessons for warfare in the future. [Link]
1PM — "Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War and Obama's Politics of Defeat"
This 95-minute documentary by Joel Gilbert leaves little doubt that Iran is in the final stages of preparing a Coming War for Islamic Revival. Meanwhile, by seeking to appease Ahmadinejad with "change" in U.S. Middle East policy, President Obama is ushering in the Politics of Defeat for America. [Link]
3 PM — "Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus"
Produced by acclaimed filmmaker Raphael Shore and directed by Wayne Kopping, Crossing the Line explores the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on North American college campuses. In particular, this 32-minute film explores the rapid growth of such incidents following the launch of Operation Cast Lead by Israel's military into Gaza in late December 2008 and January 2009. The documentary demonstrates the blurring of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic lines, showing how the War evoked deep anti-Jewish sentiments amongst college students and professors. [Link]
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