Film Screening: Myths for Profit

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MYTHS FOR PROFIT: Film Screening and Discussion

When: Sunday, April 5, 2009
Where: Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre, 3rd Floor, 91 Albert Street
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

Filmmakers Amy M. Miller and Boban Chaldovich will be in Winnipeg as part of a cross-country tour promoting and discussing their film MYTHS FOR PROFIT.

‘MYTHS FOR PROFIT’ is a dramatic exposé which explores ‘Canada’s role in Industries of War and Peace’. Through diverse interviews and case studies this documentary unveils specific interests and profits made by certain corporations, individuals and agencies within Canada. The Canadian government and the military would like us to believe that we are altruistic peacekeepers helping people around the world. But is this accurate? ‘MYTHS FOR PROFIT’ examines how these misconceptions are maintained and who stands to gain by perpetuating them. By understanding the systems of power in Canada we can move forward in challenging how they operate and collectively create change.

MYTH 1) ‘Canada is a peacekeeping nation’ examines the changes within the Canadian military policies and what has been the agenda of these actions. >From the historical beginnings of peacekeeping, to the recent missions, the documentary takes a critical look to the motives behind these actions. Particular focus is given to the role Canada has taken in NATO, the current perpetual war in Afghanistan, and how Canada played a pivotal role in pushing the policy of ‘humanitarian bombing’ in Yugoslavia in 1999.

MYTH 2) ‘Canada’s military purpose is defence’ By investigating the magnitude of the Canadian military industrial complex, this section probes the intersecting relationships between various government agencies and corporations as well as public complicity in this vast industry.

MYTH 3) ‘Canada’s aid is helping people around the world’ investigates how various government agencies and ministries have specific agendas they are implementing around the world. The active role taken on in regional development banks, to the policies pushed by Export Development Canada are designed and carried out to ensure a free market neo-liberal agenda in different countries, regardless of the negative effect they may have on the communities and environment they impact. This includes how Canada’s development agency’s (CIDA) tied and phantom aid function in post and present conflict zones.

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