Power And Terror:
Noam Chomsky In Our Times
Bowling For Columbine
The Tramp And The Dictator
After The War
11'09"01 - September 11
Of Dreams And Fears
Voices Of(f) Beirut
The Afghan Alphabet
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1967, folk singer, Phil Ochs wrote a song titled The War Is
Over, for an anti-Vietnam War demonstration. The lyric went:
"So do your duty, boys, and join with pride/ Serve your
country in her suicide/Find a flag so you can wave goodbye/But
just before the end, even treason might be worth a try/This
country is too young to die/I declare the war is over."
Ochs biographer, Michael Schumacher, wrote: "...
as the Vietnam War dragged on and the US bombing of North
Vietnam continued without letup, Phil had become more and
more convinced that the only way to attack the war would be
to ridicule it through absurdist politics. What would happen,
he wondered, if everyone simply declared an end to the war?
The action would be deliciously ironic, given the fact that
Vietnam was an undeclared war to begin with, plus it would
be an effective, positive protest against the powers that
refused to recognise the peoples opposition to the war."
1969. John Lennon and Yoko Ono continued the absurdist protest
by erecting a billboard during Christmas with this message:
"War Is Over if you want it!" In 1998, Yoko repeated
the message on another billboard. She said: "If one billion
people would think peace - were gonna get it. You may
think, well, how are we going to get one billion people
to think? Isnt this something we should leave to politicians,
who have te power to do those things? Well, politicians
cannot do anything without your support. We are the power.
Remember, you dont have to do much. The power works
in delicate and mysterious ways...just start thinking positive,
that we are all together in this."
of the films in this years festival reflect on the current
war footing that the world is in. For example, Anand Patwardhans
War and Peace is a penetrating revelation that Gandhis
death not only signified the end of non-violence in India
but also the beginning of nuclear proliferation.
we are saying is give peace a chance. Philip Cheah