The Door: A Symbol of Life and Death

The Door: A Symbol of Life and Death

The Door is a poignant, emotional short film by Irish filmmaker Juanita Wilson, which was a 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Best Live Action Short Film.  The film opens with what appears to be a very simple act, the stealing of a door.  However, as the film progresses and the narrative unwinds, we discover this act is far more complex than we could have initially imagined.  The door is in fact a vital part of a traditional ritual, carried out by a grieving family in the aftermath of the Chernobyl tragedy.

The Door: A Symbol of Life and Death

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Video Released of US Military Helicopter Pilots Slaughtering 12 Iraqi Civilians

Video Released of US Military Helicopter Pilots Slaughtering 12 Iraqi Civilians

Yesterday, WikiLeaks released a video showing U.S. military pilots, shooting from an Apache helicopter, slaughtering twelve Iraqi civilians in 2007, including a Reuters photojournalist and his driver. The dead included several Iraqis who showed up at the scene a few minutes later to carry away the dead and wounded (including two of their children).  The video is truly gruesome and difficult to watch even for the most cynical person, but it should be seen by everyone with responsibility for what the U.S. has done in Iraq and Afghanistan (i.e., every American citizen).  Reuters had been trying to obtain obtain this video for two years through a FOIA request, but had been met with stonewalling by the U.S. military.  The video shows that military officials made categorically false statements about what happened  there and were clearly engaged in a cover-up.

Video Showing US Military Apache Helicopter Pilots Slaughtering 12 Iraqi Civilians

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