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Dec 15, 2007

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I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

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Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

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July 26, 2006

Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

Stop the Escalation
in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

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July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
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June 27, 2006

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June 02, 2006

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April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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April 12, 2006

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March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
March 18, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
March 8, 2006

An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
March 2, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
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February 06, 2006

NBC Today
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February 06, 2006

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The Revolution Will
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January 26, 2006

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January 18, 2006

Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
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January 13, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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the Promised Land

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Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

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November 17, 2005

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November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
at Piazza Chiesa Nuova

November 12, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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Hidden Wars of
Desert Storm

October 13, 2005

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Sept 24, 2005

USC4P&J Social
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June 22, 2005

Die-In with
Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

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with Control Arms

June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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Unconstitutional

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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Outfoxed

June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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Weapons of
Mass Deception

May 19, 2005

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May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005

 

Movie Night: Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

USC4P&J occasionally organizes "Movie Nights", a group outing to the cinema to see a film of interest and a discussion over pizza afterwards. On October 25 we went to see the Italian documentary Viva Zapatero. Below is Stephanie's account of the evening.


I had been really looking forward to seeing this documentary. The autobiographical film deals with Sabina Guzzanti, an Italian satirist, and her canceled television program, RAIot (a play on the name of the state public TV: RAI). I thought I had been following the case relatively closely, but in the film I learned much more.

I kept thinking of all the parallels with the situation of freedom of expression in the United States, and the almost non-existent opposition. Though the two situations are quite different. In the U.S. you have the corporate owned media often simply repeating what the government says without investigating or asking tough questions. Whereas in Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi owns 3 private TV stations and indirectly controls the 3 state channels through the government. Journalists who criticize the government or even comedians who do satire poking fun at Berlusconi and his policies can find themselves without work, despite being very popular.

And that is what happened to Sabina Guzzanti. After only one episode, her series RAIot was canceled, purportedly because of legal action by Berlusconi. So she decided to take a stand and this film chronicles her unsuccessful attempts to get the show back on the air, even after the lawsuit was found to be without merit. The film includes interviews with Italian politicians, journalists as well as satirists in France and England who can't believe Berlusconi was able to cancel her show.

The most surprising comments in the film were from the left, the "opposition." For example, when asked why the center left coalition, while in power, did nothing to advance a law on conflict of interest, a member of the DS party claimed "Berlusconi had just lost an election. We didn't want to kick him while he was down." And the pauses and stammering during the interviews with Petruccioli were priceless.

After the film, we went for pizza and to chat. These movie nights offer us a chance to see a good film as well as get to know members of our group on a personal level, which helps strengthen our group. This was a very pleasant evening.

If you haven't yet seen this film, make a point to do so. And see the Viva Zapatero web site for a petition you can sign with 10 points for a future government.

Special thanks to Gene Rizzo for organizing.

Stephanie Westbrook

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