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Strange Culture (2007)

A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

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Steve Kurtz
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Himself
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Himself
Steve Kurtz ...
Himself
Shoresh Alaudini ...
Loren
Cassie Powell ...
Lise
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FBI Agent
Gregg Bordowitz ...
Himself - Artist / CAE Defense Fund
Larissa Clayton ...
Char
Beatriz da Costa ...
Herself
Susan Leeson ...
Herself (as Dr. Susan Leeson)
Jennifer Noland ...
Art Student
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Himself
Marcie Prohofsky ...
FBI Agent
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The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife, Hope, died in her sleep of heart failure. Medics arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz's art, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist", as dozens of agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, cat, and even his wife's body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date. Written by Anonymous

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Niebezpieczna kultura  »

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Official Selection and World Premiere, Sundance International Film Festival, 2007 See more »

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news caster: Like many an unfortunate drama, the story begins with a death. Steve Kurtz called 911 early on the morning of May 11th, after his wife suffered cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. When police arrived on the scene they saw not a 45-year old woman claimed well before her time, but rather petri dishes and sophisticated scientific equipment...
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Declaration of Conscience
26 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is an important movie to watch, especially for young adults and/or patriotic Americans who may not have heard about a tragic period in US history referred to as McCarthyism: a period when the government led an aggressive campaign against its own citizens looking for communist sympathizers- there was even a "House of Un-American Activities Committee" formed. Thousands were threatened, blacklisted, and arrested

  • mainly teachers, artists, folks in the entertainment business and
government employees - guilty of nothing other than free thought.

Since 9/11, we and our government are acting hysterically. The events as captured in this film are evidence.

"Some of the basic principles of Americanism: The right to criticize; The right to hold unpopular beliefs; The right to protest; The right of independent thought." from Statement of Senator Margaret Chase Smith, June 1, 1950


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