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Friday Nite Videos -- January 15, 2016

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Get Up Stand Up | Live in Brazil. The Legend of Bernie Sanders. Fortunate Son -- Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Great Of The Union. Oscars' Voting Is Biased Toward Bland Movies.

Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White

Brennan Williams, Christopher Rosen, Irina Dvalidze Huffington Post
If Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song this Sunday, it will be only the 32nd time in 87 years that a black person has held a competitive Oscar on Hollywood's biggest stage. That's 32 times out of more than 2,900 winners. This year's Oscar nominees in the four acting categories, the least diverse group of contenders since 1998.

“Timbuktu”: A Timely African Film on Islam — and a Spectacular Breakthrough

Andrew O'Hehir Salon
[I wish those who complain about 'Muslim silence' would go see this film,] both because “Timbuktu” vividly depicts the courageous resistance of ordinary Muslims, especially Muslim women, to fundamentalist tyranny and because it makes the crucial but heretical point that Islamic militants are also human beings, and more likely to be driven by human motivations like greed or lust or power than by apocalyptic zealotry.

Oscars: Real History Behind the Film 'No'

Peter Kornbluh National Security Archive
Formerly top secret records that provide new details about the "Campaign of the NO" in Chile–the dynamic political movement that eventually led to Pinochet's loss of the presidency. Like "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo" and "Lincoln," which also examine historical events, "NO" has been criticized for misrepresenting, and omitting, key elements of the history it depicts. Genaro Arriagada, who directed the actual Campaign of the NO in Chile, called the movie a "caricature."

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

Amy Goodman; Roane Carey
Emad Burnat, Palestinian director of Oscar nominated "5 Broken Cameras" was held by immigration at LAX as he landed to attend Oscars. He, his wife & 8-yr old son were placed in a holding area and told they didn't have the proper invitation on them to attend the Oscars. "It's nothing I'm not already used to," Emad late said "When you live under occupation, with no rights, this is a daily occurrence." - from Michael Moore (on Twitter)
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