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‘Iraq for Sale’: documentary filmmaking and political activism you can be a part of

Ever wanted to be a film producer? Well, now you can be… sort of. Muckracking documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald — whose films include Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and Uncovered: The War on Iraq — is looking to raise a bunch of money quickly so he can produce his newest film, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. All the details are available at iraqforsale.org, but the gist of it is: donate 50 bucks and get your name in the credits. Just like The Lord of the Rings fan club thingie, only better, and much more important. Why? As Rick Jacobs of Greenwald’s Brave New Films explains:

We need to make this film so we honor the enormous sacrifice in this war and hold accountable the morally bankrupt corporations profiting from it. Beyond even that though, we can also change the political landscape.

Progressives have a real chance to take back at least the House and maybe the Senate this year. We are within fifteen seats of having a majority in the House that will demand real national security, not the profits over patriotism policy of Bush, Inc. All we have to do is show people in key areas of this country that the Bush crony capitalists have endangered our soldiers in Iraq, have made us less safe and are now costing us billions at the gas pump as a result of their ill-conceived military adventures. In other words, we need to tell the truth.

Bush barely won in 2004. He invented reasons to go to war and may well do so again. The American people list the war in Iraq as our number one concern. We are clearly less secure today than we were before Bush took office. Tom DeLay is on the way to jail. Duke Cunningham is in jail. Jack Abramoff will go to jail as soon as he stops singing. The house of cards is collapsing.

But we have to expect an October surprise from Bush/Rove. That’s where Iraq for Sale fits in. Come September, with your help, we’ll have the film that shows that the only ones benefiting from the war in Iraq are Bush’s friends in the construction and contract security business (and of course big oil). This film will make you want to scream, but true to Brave New Films’ form, it will give you the tools to show your neighbors and friends why change must occur in November, 2006. This film will nationalize the Congressional election and assure that Bush cannot change the subject, but is instead the subject of change.

Go give money, if you possibly can.



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