XXI Century: ...and the pursuit of happiness

Part 2 of 'XXI CENTURY' tells the story of what happened in America after September 11th, 2001. While the Bush administration responded with the 'war on terror', the Patriot Act and the imprisonment without trial of suspects at Guantanamo Bay, hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets to protest the looming invasion of Iraq and the attack on our civil liberties. We listen to the voices of the people at those rallies.

Amongst those interviewed for their perspective on the these subjects are Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Katha Pollitt of The Nation, Pete Seeger, Leslie Cagan of United for Peace and Justice, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Curt Goering of Amnesty International. Providing the long view are Gore Vidal and historian Howard Zinn who reflect on war and despotism and the realities of class division in our society.

'An exceptionally well done panorama of significant political events surrounding September 11th, 2001 and the American Empire.' Willliam Blum

'Highly revealing! A documentary which celebrates the peace movement while fueling your rage to danger levels.' Red Pepper


Main credits

Zamparini, Gabriele (film director)
Zamparini, Gabriele (film producer)
Zamparini, Gabriele (screenwriter)
Zamparini, Gabriele (director of photography)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (film producer)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (screenwriter)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (director of photography)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (editor of moving image work)
Chomsky, Noam (on-screen participant)
Ratner, Michael (on-screen participant)
Tarazi, Monica (on-screen participant)
Cagan, Lesie (on-screen participant)
Goodman, Amy (on-screen participant)
Zinn, Howard (on-screen participant)
Vidal, Gore (on-screen participant)
Brody, Reed (on-screen participant)
Seeger, Pete (on-screen participant)
White, Edmund (on-screen participant)
Pollitt, Katha (on-screen participant)
Foley, Michael (on-screen participant)
Alvarez, Jose (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Lorenzo Meccoli [and 5 others]; camera, lighting, and sound, Lorenzo Meccoli, Gabriele Zamparini.

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Distributor subjects

American Democracy
American Studies
Civil Liberties
Conflict Resolution
Foreign Policy, US
Human Rights
International Studies
Media Studies
Social Justice
War and Peace


9/11, war on terror, Patriot Act, Iraq war, peace demonstrations, September 11, Bush administation, Guantanamo Bay, invasion of Iraq, civil liberties, Reed Brody, Human Rights Watch, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Katha Pollitt, Pete Seeger, Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice, Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights, Curt Goering, Amnesty International, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, war, despotism, class division; "...and the pursuit of happiness"; Bullfrog Films

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