Thursday, October 01, 2009


One thing you got to say for the rad-left: they're good at acronyms.

Well, maybe "good" isn't the word I'm looking for. "Stretching"? "Ridiculous"? Maybe "laughable."
The M.U.C.K. (Movies of Un-Common Knowledge) Film Festival and Forum gets started today in Toronto. The opening gala is a screening of the film Fuel, starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Royal Theatre, 608 College Street.

Festival founder Dr. Stuart Samuels explains the festival "is organized to showcase films that aim to tear back the veil of mass media mis-information, providing audiences with a chance to see and discuss documentary films that present an 'un-common knowledge' and that can serve as a catalyst for individual action and meaningful social change in areas that affect our daily lives -- human rights, the environment, and political, economic and corporate power."

"M.U.C.K. Films enlighten, enrage, engage and change us to re-think our point of view of everyday reality. They motivate us to take action. They offer new progressive points of view on issues and problems that dominate the news and offer new perspectives that are ignored or marginalized by everyday mass media."
Couldn't find a description of "Fuel" on the site, but my GA mentioned Wart, who'll be there for a panel discussion of "Shouting Fire" after a showing. Couple other flicks in the lineup:

"The World According to Monsanto":
Monsonto [sic] is the world's leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This 100-year-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold. . . .
"Enjoy Poverty":
Deep in the interiors of the Congo, Dutch artist Renzo Martens single-handedly undertakes an epic journey and launches a program that helps the poor become aware of their primary capital resource: Images of Poverty.
Actually I'm cherry-picking. The films on Afghanistan and slavery might not actually, you know, blame the West.

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