Thursday, August 2, 2007

It's a Date!

Looking for something to do on a Friday night? Try Dinner and a Movie in Brighton tomorrow night, co-hosted by Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, who are making this a very hot and uncomfortable summer for Mike Rogers, and the Livingston County Democrats, who make Mr. Rogers uncomfortable year-round.

WHEN: Friday, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

WHAT: A screening of Robert Greenwald's "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." The suggested donation is $10 per person or $15 for a couple, and $5 for students. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish for the potluck dinner. The movie will be screened following the potluck. Anyone needing transportation may call party headquarters, 810-229-4212.

WHERE: The LCDP Brighton office, 10321 East Grand River, Suite 600 (on Grand River just east of Old U.S. 23)

A 30-year veteran of Hollywood, Robert Greenwald has won acclaim for his documentaries, including " Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" and "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices."

Earlier this year, Greenwald was invited to testify before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, where he discussed the role of private contractors in the torture and abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Greenwald had intended to show four minutes of the film, but Republican committee members insisted that the clip not be shown.


Although the film was designed primarily to be shown in grassroots screenings rather than in movie theaters, reviewers have praised it. The New York Times said that Greenwald had compiled "... a horrifying catalog of greed, corruption and incompetence among private contractors in Iraq," and called the film's revelations "shocking."

The Los Angeles Times wrote:

Like Greenwald's previous films, ' Iraq for Sale' is made from a progressive political point of view but spends considerable time talking to regular people who likely voted Republican. And this time he's focused on one of those issues that might unite viewers across all political spectra: unconscionable war profiteering coupled with catastrophic decisions by major American companies.

TV Guide awarded it three and a half stars (out of four) while calling it "carefully researched" and "crucial to fully understanding the Iraqi/American enterprise."

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