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A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Uncompromising even in the face of his denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is revealed as a complex, politically isolated figure who puts the pursuit of justice above the security of his academic career. Exploring the difficult and deeply-felt issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a powerful voice among his impassioned critics and supporters.

“For us, Norman Finkelstein is the consummate documentary subject: a complex firebrand, principled to the end, at the apex of some of the world’s longest conflicts. He rarely appears in mainstream media, yet always ends up in controversies. Finkelstein’s life is about focus, through a prism of his upbringing by Holocaust survivors. The dogged, relentless pursuit of his principles and foes can both inspire and repel. At once agitator, comedian, and merciless scholar, Finkelstein creates as many storms as he enters. Few will go where he does—a Jew deliberately walking into Hizbollah headquarters, into a Palestinian refugee camp, or into a room filled with those who vehemently oppose his views to speak his mind. When radicals collide, does it create more understanding? Some would argue that it does. Others would claim that Finkelstein’s principled but too often bitter advocacy does much to discredit the cause of a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Audiences can decide for themselves.” —directors David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier

Reviews:

“American Radical is a powerful film — brave, bold, incendiary. I highly recommend it!”
– Michael Moore, award-winning documentary filmmaker

“American Radical is a nuanced and powerful portrait of the scholar Norman Finkelstien, one of the nation’s most courageous and embattled intellectuals.  It is a reminder that mendacity and timidity, when in the service of conventional beliefs, are more highly prized in most universities that truth.  It illustrates that those who unmask the lies of the intellectual elite swiftly become their victims.  The power and subtext of this film, however, is not in the wars fought between Finkelstien and those like Alan Dershowitz who seek to destroy him, but in Finkelstein’s powerful fealty to his mother’s suffering in the Warsaw Ghetto and later the Nazi death camps.  Finkelstein sees in all who are oppressed his mother’s degradation and pain.  This is a movie that is, at its core, about the unshakable bond of love between a parent and a true and faithful son who refuses to forget or compromise.”
—Chris Hedges, former New York Times War & Middle East Correspondent and author of “American Fascists”

“’American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein’ is a cautiously respectful documentary portrait of a political firebrand who presents himself as a beacon of moral truth in the murk of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
—Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Surprisingly entertaining…a compelling portrait of a difficult man.”
—Mark Cohen, The Jewish Daily Forward

“Presents a humanizing portrait of a complex and principled individual…‘American Radical’ deserves to be seen widely as a fascinating introduction to the man and his views.”
—Susan Ryan, Cineaste Magazine

“A fascinating, well-rounded portrait of Finkelstein that simultaneously informs, inspires and infuriates…the filmmakers ride a delicate line, assembling a warts-and-all portrait that shows why Finkelstein is deeply respected and equally reviled.”
—Mark Achbar, director of ’The Corporation’ and ’Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media’

“With impressive restraint, the fascinatingly thorny ‘American Radical’ is less interested in the validity of Finkelstein’s ideas—seriously mounted, if inflammatory—and more in the topsy-turvy life of today’s professional academic. Amazingly, that choice doesn’t result in a boring movie.”
—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“A guaranteed argument starter…an engaging portrait of an academic whose work is both fueled and undermined by his vitriolic personality.”
—J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“‘American Radical’…presents a more balanced portrait of Finkelstein, who, when his passion doesn’t carry him off on a wave of anger, is shown to be thoughtful, intelligent and deeply melancholy.”
—George Robinson, The Jewish Week

“(Norman Finkelstein’s) conclusions can be debated, his methods can be deplored, but as (‘American Radical’ directors) Ridgen and Rossier take pains to point out, a man so rigorously committed to putting an end to oppression ought not be so easily dismissed, even if coming to grips with such a challenging figure may be finally as difficult as getting to the bottom of the Arab-Israeli conflict itself.”
—Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

“A blood-boiling, very good documentary.”
—Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine

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On TV


AlJazeera English (International)
RT News (International)
LINK TV (US)
FSTV (US)
PBS selected stations (US)
AlJazeera Arabic (Middle East)
Yes TV (Israel)
TBS Latina (Latin America)
Historia (Spain)
Canal 7 (Argentina)
Planete (Poland)
IBRI TV
Press TV (International)
AlJazeera Turkey
AlJazeera Documentary Channel
Sky TV (NZ)

In Theaters

Typecast Releasing is pleased to announce that American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein, the new feature-length documentary film from directors David Ridgen (Mississippi Cold Case) and Nicolas Rossier (Aristide and the Endless Revolution), enjoyed a successful premiere and week-long run in NYC at Anthology Film Archives in February—with Norman Finkelstein and the directors in attendance at opening weekend screenings for Q&A. A full list of theaters where American Radical will be playing can be found here:

* February 11-17, 2010 . New York, NY at Anthology Film Archives
* March 8-11, 2010 . Seattle, WA at Northwest Film Forum
* March 12-18, 2010 . Los Angeles, CA at Laemmle Theatres
* March 23-30, 2010 . New Orleans, LA at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
* March 28, 2010 . San Francisco, CA at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
* April 15-16, 2010 . Columbus, OH at Wexner Center for the Arts
* April 23-29, 2010 . Montreal, QC at Cinema du Parc
* May 23-26, 2010 . Vancouver, BC at Pacific Cinematheque
* June 3, 2010 . San Francisco, CA at Roxie Theater
* August 8-12, 2010 . Saskatoon, SK at the Broadway Theatre
* November 11, 2010 . Philadelphia, PA at International House

At Festivals

Winner
Audience Choice Award
Chicago Underground FF

*September 2009 . Chicago Underground Film Festival . Chicago, IL. USA
*September 2009 . DocuDays: Beirut International Film Festival . Beirut . LEBANON
*October 2009 . North of Nowhere Expo . Edmonton, AB . CANADA
*October 2009 . Boston Palestine Film Festival . Boston, MA. USA
*October 2009 . Carleton Cinema Politica . Ottawa, ON . CANADA
*November 2009 . Sheffield International Documentary Festival . Sheffield . ENGLAND
*November 2009 . Copenhagen International Documentary Festival . Copenhagen . DENMARK
*November 2009 . International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam . Amsterdam . THE NETHERLANDS
*November 2009 . Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal . Montreal, QC . CANADA
*December 2009 . Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival . Jerusalem . ISRAEL
*January 2010 . Argus Film Festival . Denver, CO . USA
*January 2010 . Atlanta Jewish Film Festival . Atlanta, GA . USA
*March 2010 . KinoTeatr.doc Film Festival . Moscow . RUSSIA
*March 2010 . New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival . New Orleans, LA . USA
*April 2010 . Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine . Buenos Aires . ARGENTINA
*April 2010 . Frontline Film Screenings . London . ENGLAND
*April 2010 . It’s All True Documentary Film Festival . Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro . BRAZIL
*April 2010 . Chicago Palestine Film Festival . Chicago, IL . USA
*May 2010 . Hot Docs Film Festival . Toronto, ON . CANADA
*May 2010 . DOXA Documentary Film Festival . Vancouver, BC . CANADA
*May 2010 . Planete Doc Review Film Festival . Warsaw . POLAND
*June 2010 . Biografilm Festival . Bologna . ITALY
*June 2010 . Documentarist Film Festival . Istanbul . TURKEY
*July 27-August 1, 2010 . Traverse City Film Festival . Traverse City, MI . USA
*September 10-19, 2010 . Milano Film Festival . Milan . ITALY
*October 1-21, 2010 . Tri-Continental Film Festival . Johannesburg . SOUTH AFRICA
*October 20-27, 2010 . Bergen International Film Festival . Bergen . NORWAY
*November 8-12, 2010 . Iran International Documentary Film Festival . Tehran . IRAN
*November 23-28, 2010 . Warsaw Jewish Film Festival . Warsaw . POLAND
*January 2011 . Courrier International/Mk2 Night . Paris . France
*February 2011 . Documentary Edge Film Festival . Auckland . New Zealand
*April 2011London Palestinian Film Festival . London . UK
*May 2011Cinema Politica . Paris . France

 

Links:

Review: Finkelstein’s transformation to victim hero in “American Radical” – Electronic Intifada

Prof. Finkelstein talks about American Radical on Democracy Now!

Interested in the work of Prof. Finkelstein? Take a look at “This Time We Went Too Far,” his newest book at the ORBooks website.

“Better than any other book, ‘This Time We Went Too Far’ shows how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental byproduct of the Israeli invasion but its barely concealed objective.” — Raja Shehadeh, author, Palestinian Walks

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Veiled Voices
Mar 16th, 2010
Description:

Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. In director Brigid Maher’s insightful documentary film, Veiled Voices , three influential women Islamic leaders are profiled—along with their families and the communities in which they serve:  Ghina Hammoud in Lebanon, Dr. Su’ad Saleh in Egypt and Huda al-Habash in Syria.

Filmed over the course of two years, Veiled Voices reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private lives of these women. As a divorced woman, Ghina Hammoud faces a personal challenge in gaining legitimacy as a leader, since divorce is controversial in communities throughout Lebanon. In Egypt, Dr. Su’ad Saleh must continually fight for public recognition by the Egyptian religious authority at al-Azhar—the famous Cairo mosque and university founded in the 10th century. Huda al-Habash in Damascus enjoys both institutional support and the support of her husband as she teaches women in Syria and lectures all over the Middle East, helping others “move…from ignorance to knowledge.”

The three personal stories featured in Veiled Voices give insight into how Muslim women are increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world.

Reviews:

“The film, the first of its kind…is not to be missed by any who wish to enter the world of contemporary Islam with its lively gender dynamics being refashioned under our very eyes.”
–Margot Badran, Feminism In Islam

Film review from the IGN Digigods Podcast.

“A timely, perceptive exploration of an aspect of contemporary Islam that receives relatively scant attention,Veiled Voices is highly recommended.”                                                                                  -M. Puffer-Rothenberg, Video Librarian

“Veiled Voices is one extremely well done and tasteful to present both a structural and individual understanding of the positive roles of women in the Islamic faith”                                                       - Malcom L. Rigsby,  Department of Sociology at Ouachita Baptist University

“Veiled Voices is a good start to a conversation by and about women in Islam to change misconceptions held about the role of women in the religion.”
- Andrea Hance, the Feminist Review

Veiled Voices is a film filled with loud, bright stories that enlighten an audience in need of authenticity about Islam in general and the lives of Muslim women in particular.”
– Anisa Mehdi, Common Ground News Service

“…the fact that they are from different areas of the Arab world surely points to a kind of movement that is beginning to take place, and is worth watching — as is this film.”
– Mata H, BlogHer.com

“This film gave another much-needed platform to Muslim women who are trying to make their voices heard for the greater good.”
– Umm Hend, Muslimas Oasis

“Though Veiled Voices isn’t an overtly feminist film, it is a celebration of the often overlooked power and self-determination of devout Muslim women.”
- Mandy Van Deven, Bitch Magazine

“The film is refreshing because it presents a view on Islam from a female perspective through women who are both inspiring and open minded.”
– Danah Abdulla, Heeba Magazine

“A timely, perceptive exploration of an aspect of contemporary Islam that receives relatively scant attention, Veiled Voices is highly recommended.”
– M. Puffer-Rothenberg, Video Librarian

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In Theaters

March 2011 – Women in Islam, New York, NY

March 2011 – U.S. Consulate, Casablanca, Morocco

February 2011 –  United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

December 2010 - Fordsburg, South Africa

December 2010 – Faithworks Inaugural Documentary Screening, Johannesburg South Africa

October 2010 –  Duke University, Durham, NC

September 2010 – Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

April 2010 – Muslim Film Festival, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

April 2010 – New School, New York, NY

April 2010 – 9th Annual Critical Islamic Reflections Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT

April 2010 – The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

March 2010 –  “Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum” International House, Philadelphia, PA

March 2010 –  Middle East Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY

February 2010 – Human Rights Film Series, University of California, Merced, CA

November 2009 – George Mason University, Middle East Film Club, Arlington, VA

October 2009 –  Conference: Women, Leadership, and Mosques:  Oxford University, UK

 

At Festivals

November 2010 – “Best of Religion Today Film Festival” to tour in select cities in Poland

November 2010  - Middle Eastern Visions II Film Festival, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

November 2010 – The UTSC Arab Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

October 2010 – Religion Today Film Festival, select cities, Italy

July 2010 – Islamic Society of North America’s Film Festival and Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

April 2010 – Twelfth Annual Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, Bainbridge, WA

April 2010 – Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival, Doha, Qatar

March 2010 –  Women of Color Arts and Film Festival, Atlanta, GA

March 2010 –  Los Angeles International Women’s Film Festival, CA

March 2010 – Women’s International Film and Arts Festival, Miami, FL

November 2009 – Middle East Association Film Fest, Boston, MA

November 2009 –  New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, New Orleans, LA

October  2009 – International Festival of Muslim Cinema “Golden Minbar”, Kazan, Russia

July 2009 – Islamic Society of North America’s Film Festival and Annual Conference, Washington, DC

On TV

March 8th, 2011 - Special International Women’s Day showing  at 11:00 pm (EST) on FREE SPEECH TV (DISH Network channel 9415/Direct TV channel 348)

August 2010 – Al Jazeera Network (Middle East and North Africa). Ongoing.

March 2010 – Public Television Syndication:  Broadcast throughout the United States: Ongoing.

March 2010 – Bridges TV: Ongoing.

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Iraq in Fragments
Mar 16th, 2010
Description:

2-Disc Special Edition!

An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, was named Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Special Features

  • Feature-length audio commentary by director James Longley
  • James Longley’s short film Iraq Before The War
  • James Longley’s Academy Award nominated (2008) short film Sari’s Mother on Home Video DVD copies
  • 15-minute director interview hosted by film critic Robert Horton
  • Short films by students from Baghdad’s Independent Film & Television College
  • English, French, German, Japanese & Spanish subtitle options
  • 5.1 & 2.0 audio
  • Beautiful 16×9 transfer
  • Trailers

 

Reviews:

“. . . if Longley’s astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I’m not aware of it.” - Rob Nelson, The Village Voice

“[An] evocative, heartbreaking documentary told from three disparate but equally compelling perspectives: the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.” – Kevin Williamson, Jam!Movies

“Iraq in Fragments … is a well-crafted, thoughtful study of the dueling divisiveness and hope that will define the region long after foreign troops leave.” - John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

“A timely, lyrical and candid look at daily life in a post-invasion Iraq.” - Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

“James Longley’s haunting, oblique film, Iraq in Fragments, presents a collage of images, sounds and characters in an intimate, partial portrait of an unraveling nation.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“The struggles recorded in his dazzling Iraq in Fragments aren’t battlefield conflicts, but the personal, religious and political efforts of Iraqi citizens to reassemble their shattered lives.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A remarkable example of the conjunction of a burningly topical and newsworthy subject with a brilliant filmmaker.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“The film is unusual among Iraq documentaries for its impressionistic, frequently gorgeous cinematography and for its structure …” – Kyle Smith, New York Post

“A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images…” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 

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Winner
Best Director

Sundance Film Festival

Winner
Best Documentary

Gotham Awards

Winner
Best Documentary

IDA Awards

Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary Feature, 2006

 

Home Video DVD copies also include Sari’s Mother, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, 2007. Also available on Blu-ray!

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Description:

In this achingly romantic tale, handsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana’a late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman dancing in the street and falls madly in love with her.

Before long, the young groom must choose between following his heart and protecting his family’s honor. Filmed entirely on location in the ancient city of Sana’a, this exquisite film is the first feature film ever to come out of Yemen.

World Premiere

- Cannes International Film Festival, 2006

U.S. Premiere

- Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival, 2006

Official Selection

- Vancouver International Film Festival, 2006

Official Selection

- Arabian Sights, Film Fest D.C., 2006

Official Selection

- Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2007

Reviews:

“It weaves a fairytale of unrequited love, bundled together with an anecdote or two suffused with local color. . . it indulges in a bit of magic realism.”

- Toronto Daily Star

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Arab Film Prize

Cairo Film Festival

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Description:

Twenty-two year old Corporal Jonathan Santos had documented his 37 days of military service in Iraq in a personal diary before a roadside bomb took his life and the lives of several of his friends and servicemen on October 15, 2004. Jonathan’s mother, Doris, wasn’t aware that her son had kept a diary until his Tuff Box™ – a soldier’s chest filled with their most valuable items – was sent to her after his death. Upon opening the box, she discovered his “little green book” and a stack of videocassettes on which he had recorded daily life in Iraq.

When Doris is finally able to bring herself to watch the tapes, she finds images of Jonathan’s arrival in Iraq, pictures from a cousin’s wedding he was able to attend while on leave, and scenes of Jonathan laughing and joking with his Army buddies including Private Matthew Drake, one of Jonathan’s best friends, who was the sole survivor of the attack in which Jonathan was killed. The record of Jonathan’s final few weeks, in which he expresses fears and doubts never voiced to his family in person, is at once inspiring, personal and profound.

Both an affecting story of courage and a universal tribute to soldiers everywhere, The Corporal’s Diary follows Doris’ journey as she moves beyond her pain to meet with the families of others who have lost loved ones in the war. Together they share stories, offer comfort and pay tribute to the lives of the brave young servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in Iraq.

DVD Extras:

  • Limited edition 20 page booklet which includes Jonathans complete diary entries from Iraq.
  • Feature Audio Commentary
  • The Corporal’s Boots – The story of one soldier’s boots in the national exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open.”
  • Interview: Doris and Lisa – Followup interview with the mothers of Jonathan and Matthew.
  • Corporal Santos’ Last Letter Home – Jonathan’s last letter home, read by his mother.
  • Update on Matthew’s condition
  • Classroom Guide / Teaching Materials

  • Reviews:

    “A heartfelt tribute to a human being by those who loved him.” - Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    “Santos’ footage is remarkable for its unremarkable scenes of soldiers joking and complaining of the boredom and mundane facts of life in a confusing war zone. There is seemingly nothing special about them. They could be your neighbors or your sons.”- David Allen, Stars and Stripes

    “The content of each journal is so entertaining and compelling that, if one didn’t know better, a viewer might assume The Corporal’s Diary was yet another faux documentary about the war told from the perspective of a fictional serviceman.”- Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

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    Seattle True Independent Film Festival

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