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network 05/10/2016 - 11:00PM

CPVOD films for US Election Time

The 2016 American Presidential election has become one of the most pervasive topics in global mainstream news, and the extensive cross-platform commentary during and following the first presidential debate is placing a premium on fact-checking, informed context, and the discrepancies between party rhetoric and performed action. 

Cinema Politica will not be endorsing any presidential candidate, although we welcome the opportunity provided by the election to support meaningful conversations about the political issues that have inevitably arisen. 

To that end, we want to invite everyone who will be voting in this election—and anyone following it from the international sidelines—to check out some of our #CPVOD titles to gain different perspectives on some of the political topics at hand. 

Above: Stills from OCCUPY LOVE, THE CORPORATIONPINKWASHING EXPOSED: SEATTLE FIGHTS BACK!, and AYITI TOMA: THE LAND OF THE LIVING

The influence of corporate power on electoral politics has come to the forefront of the 2016 election, with at least two of the major candidates having dubious connections to international banking syndicates and shady financial backers. Velcrow Ripper’s OCCUPY LOVE demonstrates how the Occupy movement has mobilized millions of people around the world to stand up to corporate power and to demand, in its place, a future that provides for everyone rather than just the wealthiest %1 of the population.  

In a similar vein, Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning and incredibly influential THE CORPORATION analyzes the very notion of corporate citizenship and its unaccountable influence on political power and its subsequent media coverage (while asking the crucial question: If a corporation is a person, what kind of person is it?).

Another major theme of the 2016 American elections has been the role of social media platforms, especially Twitter, in political commentary, prospective voter engagement, and policy announcements. With that in mind, social media’s veneer of political neutrality is thoroughly debunked in Cullen Hoback’s TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY. This film also tackles issues of online privacy, data surveillance, and the security of digital information, all of which have come up in harsh critiques of the major presidential candidates.

American foreign policy is always an important topic in election years, especially the United States’ ongoing and controversial support of Israel. Dean Spade’s PINKWASHING EXPOSED: SEATTLE FIGHTS BACK! argues Israel’s pro-LGBT policies are often cited to counter, or “pinkwash”, any mention of its human rights abuses against Palestinians. Spade’s film looks at how Seattle’s Pride movement stood up to the political backlash against Americans who criticize Israeli politics, a topic which is itself washed over by both competing candidates. 

Anyone interested in films about American foreign policy and interventionism should also consider watching AYITI TOMA: THE LAND OF THE LIVING, which invokes Haiti’s impoverished economics and vibrant, resilient culture to make a compelling argument for rethinking how the global North should approach foreign aid. (This is an issue that is unfortunately timely once again as Haiti has recently suffered another devastating earthquake).

No matter which candidate you choose to vote for, these films offer some much-needed independent context to counter the convoluted mainstream narratives of this election. And, if you are unable to vote in an American election, share #CPVOD with people who can!

 

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