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17- Standing Army (film)

Proiezione di USC4P&J
di Standing Army
(Esercito permanente: l’immensa rete delle basi USA all’estero, 2010) di Thomas Fazi e Enrico Parenti
con Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson,
Akiyoshi Murakami, Yoichi Iha, Okubo Yasuhiro, e altri.

Uno dei due giovani registi italiani, Thomas Fazi, sarà presente.
Il film verrà proiettato in inglese con sottotitoli in italiano.
La presentazione del film e domande/discussione a seguito saranno in inglese (o bilingue!).
giovedì 17 maggio alle 19.30
presso: ARCI Circolo Arcobaleno
Via Pullino, 1 (metro Garbatella)
Dovrebbe anche presentare una buona occasione per parlare della potenza militare USA/NATO in preparazione dell’azione NO TO NATO
del 19 maggio

Per info:


Join us Thursday May 17th @ 7.30pm for the screening of
“Standing Army”,
a documentary film on the U.S. global web of military bases.
Directed by two young Italian filmmakers, Thomas Fazi and Enrico Parenti, the film investigates and explains why the number of U.S. military bases around the world keeps on rising — often overriding opposition from affected communities. The project grew out of their interest in the proposed expansion in 2007 of a U.S. Army base in Vicenza, northeast Italy that provoked street demonstrations and a massive public outcry. They soon realized that the problem extended far beyond Vicenza.

Co-director Thomas Fazi will be present at the screening to introduce his film and take questions. The film will be shown in English with Italian subtitles. Not to be missed!

Definition of “standing army”: a permanent army maintained in time of peace and war.

Film synopsis:
Over the course of the last century, the U.S. has encircled the world with a web of military bases unlike any other in history. Today, they amount to more than 700, in 40 countries. No continent is spared. They are one of the most powerful forces at play in the world today, yet one of the less talked-about. They have shaped the lives of millions, yet remain a mystery to most. Why do countries like Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea still host hundreds of US military bases and thousands of U.S. soldiers? And why is the U.S. aggressively expanding in many new countries? How do the bases affect local populations, and what stance has President Obama taken on this controversial subject? This documentary film answers these and other questions through the words of prominent experts, intellectuals and ex-insiders  Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson and others  and through the shocking but often inspiring stories of those directly affected by US bases in Italy, Japan, the Indian Ocean and elsewhere.

For more info:

An article/interview with the directors in The Japan Times Online: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120415x3.html

Film: Standing Army (2010)

Run time: 73 minutes

Date: Thursday May 17th 2012 @ 7.30pm - doors open at 7pm and the film will start promptly a half hour later.

Location: Arcobaleno - Via Pullino, 1 (metro Garbatella, see directions below)

Arcobaleno requires a 5 Euro/year membership card, which is good for discounts at exhibitions, theatres, etc. Drinks and/or a light dinner available during the screening.

GETTING TO ARCOBALENO (see map: http://tinyurl.com/2cfl3m)

By metro: Take the B Line to the Garbatella stop, exit towards via Pullino, turn right and continue (200mt) across Piazza Albini to Arcobaleno.

By bus: Buses 673 from the Colosseum area and 716/715 from Piazza Venezia. See the ATAC web site for more options: http://www.atac.roma.it/

The 2012 season will continue with two more films, on May 31st and June 14th – details to follow soon.

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