The Al Jazeera film festival is on this week in Doha. Must give credit to the team at AJ for promoting the fest so well. I can’t log on to Twitter or Facebook for more than 10 seconds before I see a reference to the film fest. Normally this would annoy me, but I'm totally pumped for the event. The AJ guys can saturate the Interwebz as much as they please.
The film I’m especially interested to see is called Ya Ummi: The Interrogation of Omar Khadr. Omar Khadr's years-long imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, without trial, represents one of Canada’s biggest international fuck ups. The whole situation is pretty sickening. The doc will be hard to watch, but there comes a point one has to break from watching animal videos on YouTube and take in something real.
If you’re not familiar with Omar Khadr’s story, take your head out of your arse and get educated. Unfortunately, there’s more to life than sports and celebrities and booze, and as responsible citizens we must know about them. Tragic, I know.
On a semi-related note (semi-related because it’s newsworthy), how many of you fist-pumped your way through Captain Richard Phillips' dramatic rescue from the Somalian pirates yesterday? Maybe it’s too early to say this, as human lives were lost in the fray, but how badly do you want to see this in movie form!?
Pirates + the Navy being bad ass + a hero’s rescue = Michael Bay’s ultimate wet dream.
He likes to blow stuff up.
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