Film-makers will attend as panellists for discussion of ‘military-industrial complex
Liverpool Peace Action, a cooperation of Liverpool Momentum, Merseyside Stop The War and Veterans For Peace UK, has arranged a special event on 26 October to discuss the commercialisation and promotion of war by the Establishment via the ‘military-industrial complex’.
The event will involve two documentaries over two sessions lasting the day. Each session will include Q&A panels made up of creative teams and activists – including the films’ makers, Mic Dixon (War School) and Andrew Feinstein (Shadow World).
The event’s registration page explains:
War School, a documentary by Mic Dixon, is based around veterans talking about their experiences of war as opposed to the messages espoused in recruitment campaigns. It questions how new government strategies and funding are being used to promote support for Britain’s wars and not our Armed Forces. Following the journeys of former SAS soldier turned peace activist Ben Griffin and other veterans who now reject war the film exposes the misrepresentations of the recruitment process and how ever younger children are being targeted by militarism.
Shadow World is a multi-award winning documentary based on anti-apartheid activist, former ANC member and Mandela MP Andrew Feinstein’s book The Shadow World: Inside The Global Arms Trade. It shows the relationship between the global arms trade, governments worldwide, profit and the human cost. It discusses how war has become more about improving shareholder profit margins than solving any actual problems, with the reasons for fighting becoming more and more irrelevant as the act of war itself becomes just another market place to exploit for corporate gain.
WARNING War School and Shadow World contain scenes of war and its consequences which some viewers may find distressing.
The free event will run from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday 26 October at the Quakers Religious Society of Friends building, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L13BT. Tickets can be reserved here.
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