Film Showing: Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land

PSC EVENT:

“Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land”

Followed by discussion with University of Texas scholars Tariq Ahmed Elseewi, Robert Jensen, and Karin Wilkins.

Thursday, February 12, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Garrison Hall, Room 0.102 (GAR 0.102)
http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/gar.html
University of Texas at Austin

With the recent violence in the Gaza Strip, the 2003 documentary film “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” is more relevant than ever. The film “provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire, called PPPL a must-see documentary, “the best, least-biased presentation we have of all the issues involved.”

The film will be introduced by Robert Jensen, a UT journalism professor who also is interviewed in the film. Discussion after the film will be led by Tariq Ahmed Elseewi and Karin Wilkins. Elseewi, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Radio-TV-Film, is currently working on a dissertation exploring the relationship between globalization, communal identities, and electronic media in the Arab Middle East. Karin Wilkins, an RTF professor affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, is the author of the new book Home/Land/Security: What We Learn about Arab Communities from Action-Adventure Films (Lexington Books, 2009).

For more information on the film, go to:
http://www.pppl.org/

A study guide is available at:
http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=117

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Committee. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

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