General Information
"XXI CENTURY", a documentary film in seven parts, tries to give some perspective and context to the events that have transpired in the wake of the 2000 presidential elections and September 11th, 2001 and to show how they relate to decisions and transgressions of the past. It looks at problems from a new angle in the belief that, in Albert Einstein's words 'the mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution.'
 The Dawn
“XXI CENTURY” starts its journey from the presidential elections 2000. What happened in those elections? Who really won the State of Florida? How many Americans could not vote in Florida that day? Why? Who were they? Why was the Supreme Court called to decide who was the winner? Did the media do their job? Howard Zinn talks about a “political coup” and Gore Vidal refers to the 2000 Presidential Elections as “the end of the Republic”. Why?
 ... and the Pursuit of Happiness
The second part of "XXI CENTURY" tells us the story of what has happened in America after September 11th, 2001. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Freedom, democracy and the First Amendment. The Patriot Act and Guantanamo. We asked these questions to American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International and many other civil rights fighters. Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn and many others question the "official version" and the status quo.
 ... and Nothing but the Truth
Who is the very famous American journalist who went to the BBC in London to denounce that if he dared to ask serious questions he would be called unpatriotic and lynched? And who is the other very famous American journalist who said, referring to Iraq: "in a few days we are going to own that country"?
 War, Peace and Patriotism
David Cline, a Vietnam war veteran and president of Veterans for Peace, remembers his personal story and gives us an idea of what a war looks like. We get to know the notorious "chicken-hawks" and how they succeeded to avoid going to war. The historian Michael Foley helps us to go back to the Vietnam War period and other veterans tell us about their coming back. The artist Dread Scott recalls his work "What’s the proper way to display the US flag" and with him we start to talk about patriotism.
Zainab Baharani is an Art Historian at Columbia University who was born in Baghdad. With her we retrace the famous civilizations of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. She also describes in detail the damages to the Iraqi architectural and artistic heritage due to the first Gulf war, the sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the bombings of this war.
 Blood and Oil
While the war against Iraq was approaching, many international organizations were working to foresee the effects of a new conflict on the civilian population and the Iraqi economy. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War tell us about the possible scenario of this recent war. What was the price? And who paid it?
 Pax Americana
In the last part of “XXI CENTURY” we try to regard the problem from a new angle. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians and international scholars will deconstruct the arguments relative to human rights and bringing democracy to Iraq that were brought by the Bush Administration as the main reasons to go to war.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the connections between the Bush Administration and the Sharon Government; the geopolitical scenario after the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are discussed by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians and international scholars. The Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni will add his passionate point of view.
 Technical Specs
- Video Codec: XviD
- Video Bitrate: 760kbps
- Video Resolution: 512x384
- Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (1.333)
- Audio Codec: VBR MP3
- Audio BitRate: 106kbps average
- Audio Streams: Joint Stereo
- Audio Languages: English
- RunTime Per Part: 0h:55' (99,000 Frames)
 Further Information
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 ed2k Links
XXI Century - 01 The Dawn (2003).avi (349.12 Mb)
XXI Century - 02 And The Pursuit Of Happiness (2003).avi (349.01 Mb)
XXI Century - 03 And Nothing But The Truth (2003).avi (349.06 Mb)
XXI Century - 04 War Peace And Patriotism (2003).avi (349.02 Mb)
XXI Century - 05 Civilization (2003).avi (349.11 Mb)
XXI Century - 06 Blood And Oil (2003).avi (349.15 Mb)
XXI Century - 07 Pax Americana (2003).avi (349.12 Mb)