The Off-Screen Violence of an NYPD Shooting in Times Square

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 1:25 pm

The introduction for the New York Times‘ coverage of a police shooting in the commercially decadent hub of New York known as Times Square is the following, “When the tourists and shoppers thronging Times Square on Saturday afternoon first saw the police officers, guns drawn, confronting a knife-wielding man, many thought they had stumbled onto [...]

The Dissenter’s Oscar Picks

By: Sunday February 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Over at La Figa, Firedoglake‘s politics, entertainment and pop culture blog, Lisa Derrick will be live blogging the Oscars, including the Red Carpet special. Derrick put up a post yesterday on what she thinks we have to look forward to during the Oscars, hinted at the fact that the “French,” through The Artist, could sweep [...]

Charlie Chaplin, Victim of McCarthyism, Had MI5 File

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 8:07 pm

The Tramp. The Great Dictator. One of the great iconic actors in cinematic history. Charlie Chaplin. He is known to have been prevented from returning to the United States by J. Edgar Hoover in 1953 when he went to London for the premiere of his film Limelight in London. Now, tens of thousands of files from [...]

Veteran in Oscar-Nominated Short Documentary on ‘Collateral Murder’ Incident Receives Death Threats

By: Friday February 10, 2012 5:50 pm

An Iraq war veteran, who is the focus of one of the short documentaries nominated for an Academy Award, is receiving death threats for providing his individual account of what happened during an incident that has come to be known as the “Collateral Murder” incident. The incident received wide attention when WikiLeaks released a classified video [...]

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2011

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 11:56 am

For the past six months, I have reported on the Occupy movement and regularly covered WikiLeaks. I covered Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing with great detail just over a week ago. But, now, I would like to take a moment to share with you some of the films I most enjoyed this year. Why is [...]

Review: ‘The Whistleblower’ Humanizes a Character Often Targeted & Vilified By Society

By: Friday August 19, 2011 12:18 pm

Girls and women migrate into the Bosnia sex industry because of lack of opportunity and poor economic conditions. Generally coming from Eastern European countries, they answer ads and are promised good job only to find they become property of traffickers. They are moved across borders on routes that avoid official border crossings, all to disorient [...]

Documentary on ‘Collateral Murder’ Incident Needs Your Help to Qualify for Academy Award Nomination

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 12:00 pm

A short documentary film, “Incident in New Baghdad,” has been earning critical praise and awards as it goes from film festival to film festival. The short tells the story of Iraq war veteran Ethan McCord, a soldier who was at the scene of the “Collateral Murder” incident uncovered by WikiLeaks over a year ago. McCord [...]

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