Documenting the military industrial complex

Mar 15, 2014
“Why We Fight,” directed by Eugene Jarecki, is an unflinching inquiry into the workings of the American war machine.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. March’s theme is Films Seeking Truth.

The March 21 screening features “Why We Fight,” a PG-13 rated multi-national film that runs 98 minutes and was the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Through personal stories of soldiers, government officials, scholars, journalists and innocent victims, this documentary examines the political and economic interests and ideological factors, past and present, behind American militarism. The film was inspired by President Eisenhower’s farewell address in 1961, in which he warned about the dangers inherent in the military industrial complex.

This month’s series will conclude March 28 with “America Betrayed” (2008, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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