RESISTANCE CINEMA Presents Robert Greenwald’s latest film “RETHINK AFGHANISTAN” Brave New Films Foundation; Director: Robert Greenwald - Executive Director: Jim Miller - Producer: Jason Zaro 2009, 53 minutes
WHEN: Sunday October 11th, 2009 1:15pm
WHERE: Community Church of NYC, Assembly Hall 40 East 35th st. @ park ave.
ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated
RESISTANCE CINEMA is proud once again to be a part of the launching of Robert Greenwald’s new film. Brave New Films provides grassroots activists organizations the tools to help promote their screenings. One such tool is a webpage where you can sign up and RSVP for a screening. Click on the link below to find our screening and sign up. It’s not obligatory but it does give us an idea of how many to expect.
After groundbreaking films on the Iraq war, stolen elections, Wal Mart, The Patriot Act, Fox News, etc. Greenwald has now turned his attention to the looming escalation of the war in Afghanistan and once again has produced a compelling argument against it. To that end he personally traveled to Afghanistan to see for himself what is going on and conduct on-the-ground interviews with ordinary Afghanis. The film also features experts from Afghanistan, the U.S., and Russia discussing critical issues like military escalation, how escalation will affect Pakistan and the surrounding region, the cost of war, civilian casualties, and the rights of Afghan women.
His conclusion: After eight years of U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, violence and instability still prevail. The military approach to Afghanistan is not succeeding; further application of American military force will not bring stability to the country or security to our own.
With over 90 percent of U.S. funding in Afghanistan directed toward military purposes, non-military strategic options are not being pursued. The problems facing Afghan society are economic, social and political in nature, and require economic, social and political solutions. The U.S. can play a more constructive role in Afghanistan by engaging civil society than by waging war.
Congress should begin debate on civilian alternatives to a failed military-based approach to bringing peace and security to the region, starting with Congressional hearings.