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They fight powers that be in the form of family dynamics, government and corporate power driven by their convictions to change their situation and maybe even the world.
Though many of us benefit from their sacrifice, few would willingly chose their same path. These are not stories with happy endings.
"You say you want a revolution?" This is what revolution looks like.
Media including documentaries and dramas based on actual historical events show how these events took place and how "we" were changed by them.
These are ORDERED BY HISTORICAL DATE. And yes just for fun I threw in a few that I believe are coming in the future. Thanks for visiting this list. I appreciate your comments.
These titles include mostly peaceful, some armed, confrontation for meaningful change. Some were successful, some failed but ALL are remembered. And remembering is most important in building up the courage for our time.
All show confrontation at particular times in history are necessary and contrast sharply to "business as usual." These are interesting to me.
"It was needed at that moment in history. And I am sure that time will come again. Just as sure as I am of that sun coming up and going down. When people are abused for so long that they only thing they can turn to is confrontational politics - they're going to do that."
- Dennis Banks, A Good Day to Die.
These print, online and broadcast media journalists "cut through political abstractions and make connections on a human level" (quoting James Nachtwey). At great risk to themselves, they bear witness to the most difficult human truths. All while hoping to avoid their names being added to those eulogized at St. Bride's Church.
These titles tell their stories in various forms of conflict; mostly armed but some also conflict against the powerful and political elite.
This list provides many of the answers. Western Imperialism mixed with Islamic fundamentalism fuels historical hurricanes like that dominate territory (and through the Internet, minds throughout the World): 1) PLO 2) Hamas 3) Hezbollah 4) Fata 5) Muslim Brotherhood 6) Taliban 7) al-Qaeda 8) al-Shabaab 9) Boko Haram 10) The Islamic State
They do not appear out of thin air; nor do any of them inherently oppose the US right to exist (possible exception of al-Qaeda).
They oppose our interventionist policies that arbitrarily label these groups as "terrorists" while calling Saudis and Israel our "friends?"
From the British drawing out countries with a T-square on a map after WWI up through today's proxy war in Syria, Western Imperialist intervention has been a complete disaster.
But it's "catnip" to shallow-minded Western leaders spurred on by war profiteers. The 3 best are: 1) Frontline's The Secret History of Isis 2) Fareed Zakaria's GPS Episode Why They Hate Us. 3) Jihad: A Story of Others
3 quotes sum it up: 1) "We have met the enemy and he is us." --Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry 2) "Western modernity enmeshed people in spiritually numbing networks of discipline and control." Sayyid Qutb. 3) "These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we F'd up the end game." - Charlie Wilson
These are ordered in Order of importance to watch as I see it to understand this historically repeating pattern.
If dreams are the mind mapping possible futures and how to handle them (credit Nova's: What are Dreams?) And if movies are how humans "dream" about the future... then it may be important to watch these movies to work out how we might respond to what some believe is the coming Apocalypse.
These titles may help us think about a world that is pivoting away from an ever higher standard of living for some at the expense of the most of the others and towards a return to more convention means of "getting by." Some call this apocalypse; a call it a return to balance.
Includes ... Eroded standard of living Lessons on how to get by Visions of how we might be Biblical Apocalypse Influences causing Political reasons for occurring
Excludes ... Dystopia Close Calls (like "Independence Day") Future on a linear Projection (like "A Clockwork Orange") Super-human (like X-Men or Hellboy) Sub-human (like almost anything with "Living Dead" in Title) Vampires (like Blade)
This new list is just for DOCUMENTARIES. I have other lists for MOVIES and SERIES/DRAMAS Thanks for viewing this list.
I appreciate comments
See my other lists here http://www.imdb.com/user/ur27948562/lists
This includes all titles I have watched about the War(s) on Terrorism, in particular the United States' wars in IRAQ and Afghanistan.
I try to focus more on the soldier's story and less on strategic decisions.
Several titles focus on the VERY difficult decisions combat soldiers make and the impact that has on them returning home. Boredom, terrifying moments, multiple deployments horrifying injuries and of course coping with the loss of good men and women.
In the end watching all of these only gives a 2 dimensional snippet of a experiences we (thankfully) cannot fully understand. The best we can do is help them continue to "come home" from our wars.