By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 1, 2006 at 5:35AM
Michael Winterbottom's Berlin buzz-pic "The Road to Guantanamo" may be close to a U.S. distribution deal. Even without seeing it or being able to judge its artistic worth, I suspect it's one of the most important pieces of cinema to emerge post-Abu Ghraib. While a recent article in The Guardian seems to suggest that U.S. distributors are interested, but somehow reticent, I think this is misguided. While the major conglomerated players might stay away from the picture, there is still enough smaller distribs who would be happy to court controversy and make big bucks in the process. Expect a deal within the month -- though apparently the film will be available online March 10 (though news reports indicate a web deal has yet to be solidified). UPDATE: It's now available for UK users only at: www.tiscali.co.uk/guantanamo/
On the eve of the 2006 Congressional elections and the recent U.N. report that declared that Guantanamo should be shut down, the movie is certainly topical. And as the country finally wakes up from the Bush nightmare, this is the kind of harsh dose of reality that I'd expect specialized audiences to welcome.
Speaking of those Congressional elections, it's time for those of us on the left to put our money and time where our mouth is and kick out the pro-torture Bush Regime: There are several key congressional races that could go in Democrats' favor, as long as they have the kind of momentum and support that Republicans always seem to pull out. The Washington Post has an excellent map and analysis of the battleground states.
But here are some sketches from key Senate races.
Kick out homophobic right-wing radical Rick Santorum, and tell everyone you know in the state to donate their time, money and votes to Democratic State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr.
Kick out anti-woman Republican Lincoln Chafee and offer your support to Secretary of State Matt Brown.
Kick out scandal-ridden Republican incumbent Conrad Burns and start backing those Democratic candidates State Auditor John Morrison and state Senate President Jon Tester.
Keep anti-Bush Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez in his seat, which is being heavily targeted by Republicans
Take back Ohio! Kick out the scandal-ridden Republican incumbents and push hard for favored Democrat Rep. Sherrod Brown.
Republicans are racing to take this Senate seat, so a strong grassroots campaign needs to push hard for County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, who needs all the help she can get now that Rove-Republican machine has kicked in.
Make sure lefty Bernie Sanders, now in his eighth term in Congress, fends off Republican attacks.
Beat pro-torture, pro-Iraq Republican incumbent George Allen.
Start putting your support behind Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis, who is attempting to become the first African-American to represent a Southern state in the Senate since Reconstruction. Bye bye Bill Frist!
Support Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson against corrupt Republican Rep. Katherine Harris (who helped steal the 2000 election for Bush).