Monday, March 30, 2009

Myths for Profit

A Sudbury-born filmmaker is on a cross-country tour with a new documentary exploring the myths of Canada's role in war and peace. The film will screen in Sudbury on April 1, 2009. Here is the media release:


SUDBURY, ONTARIO, March 27, 2009 - On Wednesday, April 1, 2009, Sudbury-born filmmaker Amy M. Miller will be back in town as part of a cross Canada tour with her new documentary, Myths for Profit: Canada's Role in Industries of War and Peace. The event is sponsored locally by Sudbury Against War and Occupation and will be at Fromagerie Elgin, 5 Cedar Street (across Market Square on Elgin) from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

Myths for Profit, which Miller made in collaboration with Boban Chaldovich, tackles several enduring myths that lie at the heart of Canadian national identity. By examining Canada's prominent role in the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia as well as current Canadian participation in the occupation of Afghanistan, the film debunks the notion of Canada as a peacekeeping nation. The film goes on to explore the extensive involvement of Canadian corporations, with active support from various government agencies, in producing weapons and other war-related material. It finishes with a look at the ways in which foreign aid is used by the Canadian government to push underdeveloped countries into actions and policies that do not necessarily benefit their people but do benefit Canadian corporations. Miller and Chaldovich's current tour will screen Myths for Profit in more than 40 Canadian cities.

Amy M. Miller grew up in Sudbury and currently lives in Montreal. She is a long-time activist and popular educator, and is currently involved in numerous independent media projects. Boban Chaldovich has a long history of involvement in grassroots art and political projects in
Belgrade. Both are members of Wide Open Exposure, a new Montreal-based multimedia production team with a focus on issues of social and economic justice.

Sudbury Against War and Occupation is a group of Sudbury residents concerned with all forms and consequences of war and occupation. The organization started in early 2007 to object to Canadian support for and involvement in the ongoing occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. They have also been active in supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples in North America and in opposing the occupation of Palestine.

If you are in town, please come to this event. If not, check out the tour dates to see when it will be playing in a city near you.

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