Events in October 2016
Bright Lights: Occupation of the American Mind with filmmakers
Oct2520167:00 pm - 10:00 pmParamount Center
Bright Family Screening Room
Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with Boston Palestine Film Festival
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Directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, documentary, 82 minutes USA, 2016.
Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world—except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing policies.
Discussion with filmmakers to follow.