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Fourth World War, The
(Film/Video, Big Noise Films, June 2003)
THE FOURTH WORLD WAR is a powerful new film from the makers of 'This Is What Democracy Looks Like', 'Zapatista', and 'Black & Gold'. It weaves together the stories of movements against empire from Palestine, Iraq, Chiapas, Argentina, South Africa, South Korea to Quebec City and Genoa. (from 10.00)

While American airwaves are crowded with talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human face of war is rarely seen. The Fourth World War weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground - from the front lines of struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea,‘the North’ from Seattle to Genova, and the ‘War on Terror’ in New York and Iraq. It takes a look too at the connections between global war and empire building with economic warfare.

The product of over two years of filming, The Fourth World War is a new kind of film for a new world. The intensity and immediacy of its images are beyond anything the mainstream media canshoot, the intimacy and passion of its stories are beyond anything itcan feel. Directed by the award winning New York-based Big NoiseFilms, and narrated by Tony Award winner Suheir Hammadand Singer Michael Franti of Spearhead, it is aradical story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides.

The Fourth World War premiered in four sold out shows at The International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in lateNovember, and it has already sent shockwaves through the independentfilm world. It has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Koreanwith Greek, French and German versions on the way. The Fourth WorldWar will be launched in North America at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in January.

Although it suffers a little from a meandering narrative, The Fourth World War is a timely, 'courageous, heart-pounding intervention against empire. A remarkable, inspiring cinematic achievement that completely reprograms the vectors of politically engaged documentary.'
- Patricia R. Zimmermann, author, States of Emergency:Documentaries, Wars, Democracies

"I cried the first time I watched 4WW. And in the second viewing I cried even more. . . The 4th World War is a masterpiece. . . it explodes with the breadth and intensity of a global movement that was almost unimaginable ten years ago."
-- R.J. Maccani
Left Turn Magazine

"Deep. . . Beautiful. . . Complex and full of both hope and despair. . . Allows us to glimpse a way out of - or through - the pain. Together."
-- Ramona DeNies
Portland Mercury

“Inspirational. Essential. THE FOURTH WORLD WAR documents the history of the future before it is born. . . and while we can still do something about it.”
-Peter Wintonick, Internatonal Editor, POV (Point-of-View Magazine) Canada

"Startling Frontline Filmmaking!"
-- Marc Mahon
The Oregonian