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inspiring book/movie pairs needed ASAP re resisting social control

Please immediately post inspiring, constructive movie/book pairs on how to resist social control/mind control in an increasingly fascist world that my sensitive, already-politically savvy daughter can propose to her high school teacher as an alternative to depressing, cynical, violent ones that teach insensitivity and learned helplessness. She is highly sensitive to violence. She knows deeper foreboding analyses of current events and history, and evil plans for our future. She already knows more than most adults about problems; she needs uplifting solutions and images that will sustain her under oppression while under persecution and privation, when she seems to be the only one speaking out. She needs to learn how to stay alive when she would be one of the first targeted for her leadership and moral courage, and how to keep her hope/faith, her inner joy, her effective clarity.
Please post appropriate books with movies made about them that would show how to successfully resist injustice and the New World Order and genocide, that would not fill her heart and mind with more ugly images and horrors when she already sees connections most do not. What can a kid do that is real and effective, that makes sense, has integrity, and feels good? How can she know she is not alone? How can she counter images of betrayed trust and safely find what is truly trustworthy? How can she still earn her A with integrity and keep her sovereignty over her own experiences and future memories/feelings? She knows about centuries of carefully building centralized control at the cost of most of humanity, controlling/limiting/poisoining our thinking, water, food, land, health, safety, economy, politics, militaries, schools, religions/corporations, medicine, science/technology, concepts of possibilities.

She already knows Shock Doctrine, Crossing the Rubicon, 9-11 truth stuff, etc. She will already have read for the class Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, etc. She does not want to see Clockwork Orange or Children of Men, etc. She does not need and is harmed by more dystopias. She needs realistic utopias, a vision of what to fight and survive/thrive for. Who are some inspiring true-life ordinary folks who have made a difference, resisting social control, making our world a better place? What are some films and book pairs that you recommend? What will feed her spirit, her soul, and mind? What can empower her through hard times we foresee? What inspiring words and images can protect and nurture when all else seems gone and crazy? What is not shallow, simplistic, insulting pap and propoganda, but substantial and sensitive of literary and political weight, suitable for a brilliant little girl working for college credit A+?

I do not know if they have to be science fiction. Just she must compare and contrast book/movie pairs with other book/movie pairs addressing social control. She and I want the emphasis on successful resistance. Please post ASAP since her assignment is due soon. Book and movie titles. Where to find or see them. A caring community. Persuasion and strategies with teacher. Thank you.

discussion

Books and Movies 19.Feb.2010 10:52

Niles Roomford

Hate to say it, but CrimethInc's "Days of War, Nights of Love" has turned many a young romantic into a fierce fighter for freedom.
Also, watch "It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine at www.submedia.tv. The Stim puts out regular dispatches on ongoing resistance around the globe.

there are so many 19.Feb.2010 12:10

Barking Radish

Analysis of speciesism-  http://www.earthlings.com/earthlings/video-full.php

Social engineering-  http://zeitgeistmovie.com/

Introduction to the Earth Liberation Front-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLkT2IU0HtE

Tibet-  link to video.google.com

Many more, new ones coming out about energy and fuel are really important.

tao te king 19.Feb.2010 13:38

old man

teaching individual power retention and outsider selfsufficiency for 2 millenia.

Focus on renewable energy and equality for everyone. 19.Feb.2010 14:50

x

No more 'resource wars' based on lies & illusion. The 'war on terror' was always the war for oil and profit $$$. No more greed and selfishness. The 'system' is insane and is destroying the planet. The definition of insanity is doing things the same way and expecting different results— the entire system has to change because it is unsustainable. Change the system and create a livable future for ALL.

Resist manipulation, mass-hypnosis and indoctrination by "popular culture"/"consumer culture" because it is destructive in a huge way. It is consuming the Earth. It doesn't have to be this way.

(great documentary for perspective & insight of where we've been vs. where we can go) Adam Curtis - Century of the Self  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB5NYme0Ptg


For a brighter future
Jacque Fresco from Zeitgeist Addendum  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imL4q93IxFI&feature=related

Jacque Fresco - Futurist and Social Engineer  link to www.thevenusprojectdesign.com

Critical Path - R. Buckminster Fuller  http://www.amazon.com/Critical-Path-R-Buckminster-Fuller/dp/0312174918

A sustainable global energy strategy, first proposed by Buckminster Fuller in 1969, to interconnect the abundant renewable energy resources between nations around the world. Benefits include: reducing pollution and climate change, reducing poverty and hunger, and increasing trade, cooperation and peace.

There Is No Energy Crisis, There is a Crisis of Ignorance  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVI3BRBC6o

Inspire 'critical thinking' and hopeful messages for the future and encourage efforts towards assisting the planet to evolve in a positive direction. No more 'doom & gloom' visions of the future. Focus on renewable energy resources. Stress the importance of including everyone in the model for the future— no more inequity. No one gets left behind/disenfranchised. There needs to be emphasis on elevating the living standard for ALL. No more 'haves vs. have-nots'. The system itself is the problem and it must change if we want for there to be any kind of livable/viable future. The system we currently live under is unsustainable. The system is obsolete.

Critical thinking is a valuable resource so 'free your mind'.
'Be the change' you wish to see in the World. - peace & love

Here are my suggestions: 19.Feb.2010 21:48

Feminista

Howard Zinn's People's History of the U.S. and DVD about him--Howard Zinn:
You can't be Neutral on a Moving Train. Zinn,who recently died at 87,was a a radical historian and long-time (since the 1930s)activist who never gave up hope for humanity. His books highlight how everyday people have worked for social change in this country since the 18th Century.

Book is readily available at Powell's; get latest edition.

Book and video/DVD: Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Widely available and used in high schools.

P.S. I'm an educator/writer/activist

Book / Movie combinations 20.Feb.2010 23:40

Rim Tobbins

Left Hand of Darkness ... wasn't that made into a movie?
Catch 22 ... although the book is so much better than the movie.
Dune ... supposedly there is one mini-series people think is not horrid.
Grapes of Wrath ... not very cheerful though.
Heart of Darkness / Apocalypse Now .. is that cheating?
Blade Runner / Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? ... the short story is more political than (either version of) the movie.
First Blood (Rambo Part 1) ... the book is much different from the movie, and the movie is much different from what you probably think of when you think of Rambo, although neither is very good.
Gandhi / Gandhi (autobiography) ... good movie and interesting writings with positive vibes.
Being There ... good movie and interesting take on politics.
Red Alert / Dr. Strangelove (or how I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the bomb)... shock fiction and absurdist comedy plus George Scott at the top of his game.
Romero (movie) and Romero's Nonviolent Struggle for Justice (? something close to that) by John Dear ... movie is not so good but John Dear is inspiring and Oscar Romero even more so.
All the President's Men ... book is more political, movie is pretty bad.
Reds ... Have not read the book; movie has not aged well.
Do the Right Thing / the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ??? OK, maybe a stretch, but Huck and Mookie are both really just homies trying to keep on keepin' on when you get right down to it.
Fear and Loathing in las Vegas ... I was sceptical about this movie, but they actually got one of the key moments right, how, with the right kind of eyes, you can look east from Las Vegas and see where the wave of the love generation broke and ran back out to sea....
Natural Born Killers / American Psycho ?? maybe just if you want the teacher to think anything else seems reasonable ...

My suggestion 21.Feb.2010 02:58

protect the youth

Even us adults struggle with these issues, my heart goes out to you. One of the best things I've found is a book by M. Scott Peck called, "People of the Lie." He's the author of "The Road Less Traveled." The reason I suggest this is this best explains why people scapegoat people. The most important thing I found in the book is the author finds in working with victims and perpetrators of abuse is that the most evil people in our society aren't the ones in prisons, they are people who have good social standing and high positions in the community. The material in there gives more than an argument not to trust people in authority but really why. It demonstrates clearly an "evil" personality or pathology linked to scapegoating. He uses the word "evil" not from so much as a religious standpoint but more of a reference to explain things like abusive families. If too much religious stuff ever becomes an issue for her, a good read of the Gnostic Gospels is recommended for battling fundies.

The Tao de Ching is recommended as well as another Eastern text, "The Art of Peace" give novel detached approaches to that sort of behavior.

What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves. Freedom is eVerything. 23.Feb.2010 19:36

light warrior ~<3

What we do to others (animals, humans). . .we do to ourselves. We are all connected. Everything is connected. Sometimes we need to pause, contemplate and RETHINK things. Take a moment to rethink what it really means to be alive. Rethink what it means to live in harmony with nature and the Earth. Realize our connection.

Hope is not in some distant future, but right here, right now. . .in this moment. We were all born to live and to be FREE. We need to respect the rights of others in their pursuit of freedom just as we ourselves wish to be free. Everyone deserves freedom, equality and dignity. It all starts with respect and honoring diversity. Unity is strengthened by diversity. The Earth is 'one organism', a diverse and beautiful ecosystem and we are all a part of it.

"The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalism are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet." - Carl Sagan

Compare & contrast the direction we're on through lies (in all areas) as opposed to the direction we can go if we pursue the truth about things. The focus isn't just about 9/11. It's about demanding the truth about everything. People deserve the truth in all areas of inquiry. It's time we 'change our path' so we can find solutions.

It's always better to face things than to live in denial always. Asking questions is how we learn. Relating to Adam Curtis check out "Power of Nightmares" (but don't get lost focusing on the negative). By seeing things for what they are and 'moving through it' we are better able to find 'solutions' and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Use it to create a positive/brighter future— by seeing through the lies we were told (the illusion & myth). See through the "manufactured reality" and deception. A lot of information and material is in this documentary, much 'food for thought' to process. It shows how scapegoats/villains are used to set into motion a 'direction' in which to achieve an "agenda". An "enemy" is needed to justify the so-called "war on terror"; global warring (for resources- OIL) in the age of global warming/climate change. Never ending war— it is oxymoronic and destructive on a monumental scale. War criminals must be held accountable for crimes of the past (& present) so we are able to move forward in a positive way. No more sweeping things under the rug and pretending things didn't happen. It's time we question "progress" and what it truly means to evolve. The only way to evolve is to face the truth about things.

What we do to others we do to ourselves. Don't be controlled by 'fear'. By overcoming fear and seeing through illusion we are liberated. Truth really does set us all free. We can build a world on a 'foundation of truth' vs. a 'foundation of lies'. Together we can 'turn things around' and go in a completely different direction. Power to the people always.

The past must be remembered (history) so it can be prevented from being repeated. Critical thinking is important so we can see through the lies that led us to war. (Flashback-how 'the state' controls through the use of fear) - The Power of Nightmares  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt-FyuuWlWQ

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof." FREEDOM! FOREVER! - V for Vendetta (must-see movie)

"Whoever controls the past controls the future." - George Orwell
"At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. Those who forget history and the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing calls us to our higher selves like 'times of crisis'. Inspire others to care. No more ignorance, greed and selfishness. Focus on compassion. We are here because we're pulled by a compelling vision of a World that works for everyone. We need to put emphasis on the importance of us all to be here at this most crucial time in herstory/history to "be the change & make a positive difference". Everyone's life matters, we are all important. We can all be the spark that creates a 'cultural revolution' . . .a 'revolution of consciousness'. We are all the light. The collective spirit is sacred. Commit your vision and energy. There is no separation/difference between being spiritual and being physical. . .it is one and the same. We are all spirit— Earth, animals, people. We are all 'one'. Be the voice/help for those in need. I truly believe we all chose to come here at this point in time to help change things. Everything you do can make a difference. We are all 'connected' by a shared commitment to compassionate, positive action. Stand up against oppression and exploitation worldwide.

Choose to be FREE. BE the ACTION. Inspire to CREATE a different reality— together we can change the 'system'.

Stories of resistance and transformation, FIERCE LIGHT: When Spirit Meets Action reveals what is possible when human beings, faced with a world in crisis, rise to their absolute best. It is not about any form of dogma, it is simply activism that comes from the heart, not just the head, activism that is compassionate, positive, kind, fierce and transformative. It focuses as much on what we are for, as on what we are against. It is rooted in an understanding of interdependence, and works to end the suffering of all beings. Very thought provoking and inspiring.
"Fierce Light" documentary trailer  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh5Qvv3UIEg&feature=player_embedded
Fierce Light Warrior (amazing and awesome- power & creativity- be free!!!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gps4DWuGynI&feature=related
Fierce Light - Video Diary 1 (Oaxaca, Toronto & NYC) Tribute to Brad Will  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELaJGacBuis

I Can Believe (the future is what we create)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntt50OUF_rs&feature=related

It's as if the Earth and the environment are made to be the "enemy" by the way we treat it. Animals are made to be 'scapegoats' all the time as the cause of problems instead of seeing them as victims of the 'system'. There's a war on against the animals— a war against nature and Earth itself. There's a war on against people's rights worldwide to live, work and be free. If ordinary human beings can see their own suffering then perhaps they become aware of the suffering of others. For real "hope" we have to see things for what they are. For true "sustainability" we need to change our way of looking at life on planet Earth and realize our 'oneness' with it. . .with all life; everything is connected. What we do to the animals, trees (the entire natural world) we do to ourselves. What we do to other people we do to ourselves. We are not separate— we are nature. An organism at war with itself is doomed. Together we can make a difference in the 'positive evolution' of the World. Stand together against globalization and Imperialism. Stand together against tyranny in all its many forms. The system as it is exploits and oppresses ALL. Its damage spares no one. It's up to us to change it because the entire system is obsolete. Set the planet free from domination.
"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields." -Leo Tolstoy
Other Nations ("Earthlings" Excerpt)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIVi7W7oGJg

"When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them." ~ Chief Seattle

"Either war is obsolete, or men are." - R. Buckminster Fuller

War destroys the Earth and ALL LIFE. We are all Warriors of the Rainbow~<3  http://www.well.com/~davidu/extinction.html

Put nature and the Earth before money & profit $$$ The first and most important step in 'transformation' is respect for NATURE. We need to stop the natural world from being exploited and destroyed.

"Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch, we are free." - Valerie (V for Vendetta)

RESIST ALWAYS— proVoke freedom and thought
-solidarity & peace
waiting - proVoke freedom
waiting - proVoke freedom
we are energy - proVoke thought
we are energy - proVoke thought
brainstorm for innoVation - focus on alternative energy
brainstorm for innoVation - focus on alternative energy