Radical Times

The Young Karl Marx directed by Raoul Peck (France/Germany/Belgium) 2017 is a follow-up work to I Am Not Your Negro.

This narrative feature deals with the collaboration between the youthful Marx and Engels during a troubling period of history.

Even though the two men come from different backgrounds, they share a deep antipathy toward the abusive power exercised by the ruling class.

While their writings and organizing efforts influenced many of the changes that followed, the social revolution they desired has yet to occur.

The film will screen a final time Saturday 5 August 2017 at the Smith Rafael in San Rafael during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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Stealth Attack

Director Michael Moore begins his reconnaissance mission in bella Italia armed only with an American flag in his delightfully funny new documentary Where To Invade Next (USA) 2015.


This one-person venture plus the requisite film crew is undoubtedly a bargain compared to the huge Pentagon budget and no lives were lost in its execution. However, the value of what he brings back is priceless and of benefit to many rather than just the few war profiteers currently benefiting from the endless wars and bloodshed funded by US taxpayers.

The openings of the film are strategically scheduled to impact the 2016 primary election campaign.

Moore makes one embarrassing mistake, confusing Slovakia and Slovenia. Aside from that slipup, I highly recommend it. Most of the treasure he uncovers has surprising origins.

Where To Invade Next opens 12 February 2016 in over 200 US theaters lncluding: Angelika, Kips Bay, and Lincoln Plaza in New York, Westlake Village in Los Angeles, River East in Chicago, Sundance Houston in Houston, Bijou at Crossroads in San Antonio, Angelika Carmel Mountain in San Diego, Look Cinemas Evolution in Dallas, Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tinseltown 20 in Jacksonville, Metreon, Sundance Kabuki, and Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco.

See Where To Invade Next for a complete listing.

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Double Duty

The key senator of the opposition party disappears after being heckled in public. His desperate personal assistant invites the missing politician’s twin brother, recently released from a mental institution, to take the place of his absent sibling with surprising consequences.


Both roles are played by Toni Servillo in Long Live Freedom directed by Roberto Andò (Italy) 2013.

The film screened at the recently concluded New Italian Film Events 2014 programmed by the San Francisco Film Society at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

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