Here is a chance to plug a movie and a web site, both of which I admire. The movie which came out almost a year ago, just became available from Amazon on disk. The web site where I found out about this movie is http://www.libertasfilmmagazine.com/ and has been my go-to site for hearing about good independent films that never play at the local cineplex because they are not the CGI crap that usually runs there.
To actually watch any of these independent films I would have to travel to Cambridge, to the Kendall Square Theater. About 25 miles and straight through Boston MA. Now that I am not forced to go into Boston every day I find my normal aversion to strong to overcome. There is the MBTA, treble the time and more crime ridden every year. But for some films I might venture out again. Weaponless, for the cities of Boston and Cambridge and especially the train system like to provide guaranteed weaponless and defenseless fodder for their favorite criminal class to pray on. But I digress.
I eventually purchased this movie from Amazon, at $15.99. If you want it for under $10 you can get it used, its almost at the point where the $3 for shipping won’t push the price over ten. The film is based on events prior to the overthrow of Saddam and experiences of a real person, but the story has been changed from that persons book on his experiences, “dramatic license”. Nothing false or fantasy has been added, it is still a true picture of life in Iraq under Saddam. There is one graphic, truly horrific killing that was a little too much for me. But the scene was necessary to show what a monster Uday Hussein was.
I wouldn’t have been aware of this movie but for the Libertas web site, try it out. Another great movie they pointed me to was the German language film, “The Lives of Others”. Check it out. You can get it now for under $5.