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By Jim Carey

With Trump’s presidency, the political scene has turned topsy-turvy: Congress overturns the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, experiencing amnesia over the financial crisis of 2008; the Education Department sees no value in prosecuting fraudulent colleges; the EPA. seeks to hide poisonous water reports; the Interior Department sings “Drill baby drill;” and schoolchildren worry not about tests but whether or not they are going to be killed in their next class.

It’s time to take a break and look at other countries that seem more on track. Join us Monday for Michael Moore’s movie: Where to Invade Next. “An impishly entertaining, career-summarizing polemic bent on demonstrating how other countries around the world—with happy workers, superior schools, humane prisons, healthy sexual attitudes, and fully-empowered women—are putting US progress to shame. This may be drive-by tourism on a highly selective, flattering, and downright gluttonous scale, but there’s something undeniably sharp and buoyant about Moore’s globetrotting, grass-is-greener approach that compels indulgence and attention,” declares Variety’s Justin Chang.

Moore highlights countries like Italy, where he explores the prospects of extensive paid vacation, and Slovenia, a country that has solved the problem of student debt by making its colleges free. He touches on the progressive education system in Finland, where students seem to enjoy classwork in lieu of homework and standardized tests, and shows how French children learn about the benefits of eating well. In Norway, he unearths humane prison systems that allow inmates their voting rights and touches on Germany’s commitment to teaching its younger generations about the country’s dictatorial past.

In each example, Moore shows how America falls short—not to wag a finger but to propose a remedy. For instance, after showing how Germany maintains landmarks of anti-Semitic regulations to remind its citizens of their country’s past, he envisions US streets doing the same thing to acknowledge its history of slavery. In Portugal, he finds that the decriminalization of drug use has led to plummeting figures in drug use, then briefly surveys the decades of America’s war on drugs that effectively led to the disproportionate prosecution of African Americans.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone sums it up: “Love him or hate his methods, Moore touches a nerve in Where to Invade Next. In a climactic remembrance at the Berlin Wall, he recalls a time when a corrupt regime was brought down by people willing to protest. What counted most were humanitarian principles, the same bedrock concepts that America was founded on. See, the joke’s on us. The rest of the world is swiping ideas that we originated. Amid the comic chaos of this scattershot satire is a shocking reminder to Americans that discovering the path ahead may be as uncomplicated as rediscovering the way we were. It’s classic Moore.” In other words, we are not number one.

Our events are free and open to all. Join our discussion after the film.

 

Film and Meeting

Occupy SMA presents

Where to Invade Next

Mon, Jun 4, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15

Centro, TV room

No charge

 

 

 

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