Thursday, November 9, 2017
DOC NYC Capsules: ISLAND SOLDIER, NOTHING WITHOUT US, ZERO WEEKS and THE JUDGE
Micronesia, once a US protectorate is now its own country. However in return for AMerica's continued aide the country allows the US military to have bases there. They also supply a large number of soldiers via the young people who join up in order to escape the poverty of the country.
This is a very good look at a country supplying the soldiers for America's wars and the effect that as on the population on all levels of life. A thoughtfully produced film ISLAND SOLDIER forces you to consider if the Micronesians have made a pact with the devil of if the trade off is fair. Definitely an eye opening film and recommended.
NOTHING WITHOUT US
A portrait of various women who are active in the fight against AIDS/HIV.
Solid portrait of women who are leading the fight to stop AIDS and to make the women of the world aware that the disease affects them as well as men.
Only two countries in the world Papua New Guinea and the United States have no paid leave policy leaving millions with out job security should they get ill, have a baby or they need to take care of a loved one.
Good, if over long, examination of the gross stupidity rampant in the US that prevents people from keeping their jobs should they go on leave. As the film says most people don't realize that in most places in the US they are not protected should they have to leave work. If you are considering taking leave see this film.
Independent Lens documentary on Kholoud Al-Faqih the first woman to become a judge in the Middle East's Shari'a courts.
This is an excellent portrait of both Kholoud Al-Faqih and the operation of the courts, shining a light into a corner of the world most non-Muslims have ever seen. Recommended.