April 23, 2014

TPA Film Night, Fear Not the Path to Truth, March 7

 

Fear Not the Path of Truth: A Veteran's Journey After Fallujah follows Ross Caputi, veteran of the second siege of Fallujah and Director of the Justice For Fallujah Project, as he investigates the atrocities and the legacy of U.S. foreign policy in Fallujah.

Ross Caputi is a veteran turned filmmaker. He is part of a community dedicated to raising awareness about the suffering of the people of Fallujah, promoting solidarity with the victims of U.S. war crimes, and ultimately ending all U.S. wars and occupations.

The film shows that while American occupation had a horrible impact on the Iraqi population, the suffering in Fallujah has been exceptional. Some have said that Fallujah is to the occupation of Iraq, what My Lai was to the Vietnam War, and what Hiroshima and Nagasaki were to World War II. The rates of cancers and birth defects are truly horrific and higher in Fallujah than in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Caputi created this film to remind us that Fallujah is an example of what we have done wrong in the past, and to make us think about what we need to do differently in the future.

The film features original interviews with ten people who are intimately connected with Fallujah, including experts in sociology, public health, birth defects and war crimes. The film includes an original interview with Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT, author, political analyst and activist.

The Topanga Peace Alliance will screen Fear Not the Path to Truth, on Friday March 7, at the Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga 90290.

There will be a discussion with Caputi via Skype and an online petition to stop arming the Iraqi government’s current assault on Fallujah will be available to sign.

A vegetarian snack potluck (no alcohol) begins at 7:15 p.m.; the film screens at 7:30 p.m. For the potluck, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers to share. A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For further information please contact Debbie at Debbieinla@outlook.com. The event is ADA compliant with elevator access and headphones for those who need extra volume.