Mayor (2020)

Musa Hadid, Mayor of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, is a man with a difficult job. Every day he is confronted with life in an effective war zone; street demonstrations and armed conflict with the Israeli Army. He needs to keep his constituents safe, and provide a response to these ongoing violations of sovereignty. When the bullets aren’t flying, he turns to an endless array of minor civil issues; everything from fixing the doors at the local school, to overseeing the demolition of a public toilet. He also has to plan a Christmas parade. Continue reading Mayor (2020)

Boys State (2020)

Every year in Texas the American Legion runs ‘Boys State’, a political education program that mimics the structure of state government. 1 200 promising teenagers are brought from all over the state, arbitrarily divided into two political parties, and then set against each other. It’s mock political combat as each side picks a candidate, sets up a campaign, and tries to get their man elected ‘Governor’. Continue reading Boys State (2020)

The Go Go’s (2020)

Bursting out of the vibrant LA punk scene of the early 80s: The Go Go’s: Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Kathy Valentine, Charlotte Caffey and Gina Shock. Five charismatic young woman who played their own instruments, wrote their own songs, and bemused the male run music industry who knew one cardinal rule: GIRL BANDS DON’T SELL RECORDS. Proving them wrong, the Go Go’s would produce some of the best pop songs of the era, although success came at the expense of their personal relationships. Continue reading The Go Go’s (2020)

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

The 1960s were a time of enormous change; societal conventions were overturned amidst a push for greater equality, driven by an energetic youth movement and progressive activists and political leaders. But as the 60’s gave way to the 70s, the idealism petered out; the War in Vietnam raged on, Watergate destroyed the public’s faith in their public institutions, and the oil shock ended the long running post WWII economic boom. Continue reading The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)