Film: Militainment Inc. (2007), 124 minutes, English language
Venue: Passing Clouds
From Liverpool Street Station (Bishopsgate) it's an eight minute bus ride on bus 149 or 242, northbound. If you come by bus, get off at the bus stop called "Middleton Road" (on Kingsland Road).
Doors open at 18:30
Militainment, Inc. offers a fascinating, disturbing, and timely glimpse into the militarization of American popular culture, examining how U.S. news coverage has come to resemble Hollywood film, video games, and "reality television" in its glamorization of war.
Mobilizing an astonishing range of media examples from news anchors' idolatry of military machinery to the impact of government propaganda on war reporting the film asks: How has war taken its place in the culture as an entertainment spectacle? And how does presenting war as entertainment affect the ability of citizens to evaluate the necessity and real human costs of military action? The film is broken down into nine sections, each between ten and twenty minutes in length, allowing for in depth analysis of individual elements of this wide ranging phenomenon.
This event is free of charge.
Please make an effort to be on time. We endeavour to start at 7pm sharp to leave enough time for a debate at the end of the movie. There will probably be live music after the screening.