Hard to Resist Cheering
by Dan Keeton
The Fourth World War.
A big noise film. Available on DVD through www.bignoisefilms.com
More a kaleidoscope of images with a poetical and minimal narrative
than a more conventional documentary, this production is one get your
heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. If you're the least bit concerned
about how globalization is threatening people's lives and destroying
the planet, this is the film to get you off the couch and out marching
The Fourth World War is not a documentary in the style of Michael
Moore's offerings or Canada's The Corporation, worthy as those efforts
are. With a non intrusive commentary from singer-songwriter Michael
Franti of the agitationist group Spearhead and Suheir Hammad, a Tony
Award-winning Palestinian poet, the project uses powerful imagery
coupled with brief interviews to present struggles from across the
globe. Included are jobless Argentine workers seizing their factories
and stopping freeway traffic, thousands of trade unionists braving
police armies in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, peasant farmers in
Chiapas, Mexico, the battered but defiant residents of Gaza and the
West Bank, and the millions of marginalized black citizens of South
Africa who now have the vote but still no social or economic justice.
You don't just see these people suffering. You see them in action.
Palestinian children as young as five and six years use their hands or
slings to lob rocks at marauding Israeli tanks flattening their
neighbourhoods. When a tear gas grenade is launched into their midst,
protesters volley them back into police lines. It's hard to resist
cheering – and why not cheer? -- as the fence protecting delegates to
the Free Trade of the America's parley in Quebec City is torn down.
The Fourth World War
is a professionally assembled montage from Richard
Rowley and Jacqueline Soohen, New York based filmmakers whose previous
efforts include the acclaimed, This Is What Democracy Looks Like. Their
new effort has also received accolades from several sources, include
Canada's Naomi Klein, co-director of another new documentary, The Take.
The Fourth World War may not get major screen time. Copies, however,
can be ordered through the web site listed above. Get it. Show it to as
many people as you can. It just might help turn reverse the direction
of land seizures and privatization by corporate globalizers through a
new 21st century liberation movement.