The War in Afghanistan: A Brave New Analysis
Rethink Afghanistan, Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts
As Obama administration deliberations over the future of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan near their conclusion, All Saints Church and Conscientious Projector are seeking out the always illuminating perspective of activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald. His latest Brave New Foundation release, Rethink Afghanistan, will show on Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. The CP screening is being held in preparation for a special appearance by Robert Greenwald in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 22, 10:15 a.m. at All Saints Church in Pasadena, where the topic will be the war in Afghanistan.
Earlier this year, Greenwald and his production crew took their cameras to several war-torn parts of the besieged country, from its cities to its remote areas. Gail Sheehy describes the resulting documentary as “a clarion call for peace,” a firsthand view of the devastation the eight-year conflict has wrought, from heartrending civilian casualties on a massive scale, to widespread destruction of housing and infrastructure, to ever-increasing danger to our U.S. troops. Interviews with journalists, historians, military and CIA officials and a wide array of Afghan witnesses provide a deft, comprehensive, facts-on-the-ground analysis that ultimately questions the strategic effectiveness of fighting terrorism in a nation that, despite its oppressiveness and corruption, holds no terrorist intentions or alignment with Al Qaeda. Their testimony makes a persuasive case that military escalation will only swell the ranks of the insurgency, and that the path to stability in Afghanistan lies in economic, social and political solutions.
Representatives from Brave New Foundation will join us for our community discussion following the film, which is being presented with the assistance of the Brave New Theaters program.
The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941. To learn more and take action, visit www.rethinkafghanistan.com.
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