January 15, 2015



 

VOTING CONTINUES ON NOMINEES FOR BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2014
During 2014, 21 films were nominated in the 4 categories for Political Film Society awards. Although only 3 films were nominated in the category Democracy (Cesar Chavez, Free the NippleKill the Messenger) and 4 for peace (Cesar ChavezDiplomacyGiovanni's IslandThe Railway Man), all the rest had more than 5 nominations. Our rules require final balloting for only the top five in each category, so ballots below enable members to narrow the longer lists. If you feel that the film deserves serious consideration, mark your ballot ACCEPT. If inappropriate, mark DROP. If you did not see a film, put an X for UNDECIDED. Polls close at midnight January 31. DEADLINE: January 31, 2015.

For EXPOSÉ films, bringing to prominence lesser known facts that raise political consciousness, vote to accept the best five (5) only from the following nominees:

FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
Bethlehem (    ) (    ) (    ) How Israelis turn Arabs into spies: Cooperate or go to prison!
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (    ) (    ) (    ) How a pesticide plant in India expoded due to unsafe conditions.
Cesar Chavez (    ) (    ) (    ) How Chavez rose from laborer to leader.
Coldwater (    ) (    ) (    ) Camps for delinquent boys lack government regulation.
Difret (    ) (    ) (    ) How female attorneys got courts to end Ethiopian bride abductions.
Giovanni's Island (    ) (    ) (    ) How Russia seized Japanese islands soon after World War II.
The Imitation Game (    ) (    ) (    ) The secret effort to decode Enigma, the German message code in World War II.
Kill the Messenger (    ) (    ) (    ) How the CIA helped to flood U.S. cities with hard drugs.
The Last Sentence (    ) (    ) (    ) A Swedish journalist defies his government's neutrality in World War II.
Monuments Men (    ) (    ) (    ) The operation to save art from destruction by Hitler.
Omar (    ) (    ) (    ) How Israelis turn Arabs into spies by torturing them.
Pride (    ) (    ) (    ) How gays and tradeunion leaders worked together in Britain.
The Railway Man (    ) (    ) (    ) Former Japanese soldier does penance as a River Kwai tour guide.
Rosewater (    ) (    ) (    ) How a journalist was treated during 119 days in an Iranian prison.
Siddharth (    ) (    ) (    ) Child labor and human trafficking in India.
Walking with the Enemy (    ) (    ) (    ) Nazi coup in 1944 Hungary leading to the roundup of Jews.

For films that promote HUMAN RIGHTS, vote from the following nominees, selecting up to 5 films as ACCEPT, the rest either as films that should be dropped or those where you have no opinion:
FILM TITLE ACCEPT DROP UNDECIDED CONTENT
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (    ) (    ) (    ) Unsafe working conditions at a plant in India.
Camp X-Ray (    ) (    ) (    ) Why war crimes continue at Guantanamo.
Cesar Chavez (    ) (    ) (    ) How California farmworkers were abused by employeers.
Coldwater (    ) (    ) (    ) Abuse of delinquent boys without government regulation.
Devil's Knot (    ) (    ) (    ) Criminal justice system misconduct toward the Memphis Three.
Difret (    ) (    ) (    ) Traditionally, Ethiopian men abduct women and then impregnate them before marriage.
Free the Nipple (    ) (    ) (    ) How New York women stopped police from arresting them when topless.
Giovanni's Island (    ) (    ) (    ) How Japanese were mistreated as Russia seized their island.
The Imitation Game (    ) (    ) (    ) How Britain treated gays before 1967--prison or chemical castration.
Monuments Men (    ) (    ) (    ) Hague Convention violations by Hitler--destroying works of art.
Omar (    ) (    ) (    ) How Israel tortures Arabs during interrogation.
Pride (    ) (    ) (    ) How gays overcame bias by identifying with mistreated miners in UK.
The Railway Man (    ) (    ) (    ) How Japanese brutalized prisoners at the River Kwai detention camp.
Rosewater (    ) (    ) (    ) How psychological torture works better than physical torture.
Unbroken (    ) (    ) (    ) How Japanese treated prisoners in prison camps in Japan.
Walking with the Enemy (    ) (    ) (    ) Raoul Wallenberg saves Jews from Nazi death camps.

 

The Political Film Society Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, February 1, at 9 a.m. (8481 Allenwood RoadLA 90046) to count ballots. Final ballots, to be posted that night, will have a deadline of February 28. Winners will be announced March 1 after a Board of Directors meeting, same place at 9 a.m.

 

 

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