Tuesday, August 15, 2006

An Unadulterated Plug

I received a nice little note, so I think I will return the favor and post the screening info here.


I've enjoyed reading your film blog. It's always good to see reviews written by a movie fan, not just a "critic."

But, today I'm writing to bring to your attention a film that's playing in the Bay Area soon (tomorrow evening). It's called "My Child: Mothers of War," and it's the first documentary to present war from the perspective of the mothers of soldiers. Filmed in California and Texas, this film shows mothers of all political stripes and levels of military involvement. The director, Angeliki Giannakopoulos, finds all sorts of mothers, from immigrants who came to the U.S. so they and their children wouldn't have to fight wars, to families that have served in the military for generations, to mothers who protested the Vietnam War only to find years later that their sons decided to serve.

This documentary is compelling because it shows what the war is like from the perspective of people who aren't serving, but feel very invested in what goes on over there. By showing mothers who are for and against, as well as confused about, the war in Iraq, "My Child: Mothers of War" is able to spark a fresh dialog about an issue that has been run into the ground by newspapers and politicians alike.

It's playing at the Film Arts Foundation, and is currently featured on their home page:


And, some more information about the screening time:

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006, 7:30 PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission (at 3rd Street)

Tickets: $8 General Admission ($6 for Film Arts & YBCA Members)
For advance tickets, please call 415-978-ARTS or visit www.ybca.org.

If you could put a notice on your blog about the film, that would be great. The director will be there for Q&A. It's part of the "True Voices" series for new documentaries. The film is about midway through its festival run, with a few big screenings coming up this Fall.

Thanks so much for your help.


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