Robert Greenwald Extends World Premiere of 'Rethink Afghanistan,' the Documentary that Dared to Raise Questions on the War of Necessity

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Robert Greenwald Extends World Premiere of 'Rethink Afghanistan,' the Documentary that Dared to Raise Questions on the War of Necessity

Additional Sponsored Screenings to Be Hosted By: AlterNet, CREDO Mobile, MADRE, Union Theological Seminary, Iraq Veterans Against The War, Judson Memorial Church, and the Village Independent Democrats

NEW YORK - Due to overwhelming demand, Rethink Afghanistan has extended its October 2nd
premiere. Additional nights include October 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8. The
premiere and additional screenings will be held at the Quad Cinema at
34 West 13th St., New York, NY.  

Rethink Afghanistan is a documentary by filmmaker-turned-activist Robert Greenwald, director of Outfoxed, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Iraq for SaleRethink Afghanistan
was among the first to raise the hard questions regarding the military
intervention and is currently part of a growing movement to end the
war. Launched in January of 2009 through a series of online segments, Rethink Afghanistan raised significant and serious questions in an effort to change public opinion on the war.

The schedule for screenings and panels is as follows:

October 2

*7:30pm Premiere Night Co-hosted by Brave New Foundation and The Nation magazine, featuring a panel with: Robert Greenwald, Producer/Director of Rethink Afghanistan; Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor of The Nation; and Rep. James McGovern, Democratic Representative from Massachusetts's 3rd District.

October 3

*4:30pm Hosted by Brave New Foundation featuring: Jeremy Schaill, Investigative Journalist and Robert Greenwald, Producer/Director of Rethink Afghanistan

*7:30pm Hosted by AlterNet,
featuring: Jeremy Scahill, Investigative Journalist; Liliana Segura,
Editor of World Special Coverage on AlterNet; and Robert Greenwald,
Producer/Director of Rethink Afghanistan

 

October 4

*4:30pm Hosted by MADRE
featuring: Diana Duarte, MADRE Media Coordinator; Yifat Susskind, MADRE
Policy and Communications Director; Indai Sajor, Program Manager for
the Gender Equality Program at the United Nations Development Programme
in Afghanistan; and Robert Greenwald, Producer/Director of Rethink Afghanistan

*7:30pm Hosted by CREDO Mobile

 

October 6

*7:30pm Hosted by Union Theological Seminary

 

October 7

*7:30pm Hosted by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

 

October 8

*7:30pm Hosted by Judson Memorial Church and the Village Independent Democrats

Rethink Afghanistan
exposes the true costs of the occupation, the daily struggle facing
U.S. soldiers, and the hardships facing Afghan civilians and women,
featuring interviews with military personnel, policy experts,
journalists, politicians, and Afghan civilians. 

"CREDO Mobile is delighted to share Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan
with our members in New York. Afghanistan has always forced occupying
powers to withdraw at high cost - no one has successfully occupied
Afghanistan since Genghis Kahn, and there is little reason to believe
that our military presence will be more successful than that of the
Soviets or the British before us. At the same time, we must have a new
strategy that protects civilians, particularly girls and women and does
not further destabilize Pakistan." Michael Kieschnick, CREDO President

"I can't help thinking that Afghanistan is like Vietnam: a never-ending quagmire with no good result. The new Greenwald film, Rethink Afghanistan, will raise consciousness and move us away from the knee-jerk escalation toward a creative solution for long-term withdrawal" Don Hazen, AlterNet Executive Editor

"There
couldn't be a better time for this film, as opposition to the war in
Afghanistan has reached a tipping point.  Brave New Foundation and
MADRE join a movement that advances an alternative vision, one that
recognizes that no foreign military is going to win the rights of
Afghan women--they are doing it themselves." Diana Duarte, MADRE Media Coordinator

"The
echo chambers in Washington have long argued that Afghanistan is the
war of necessity. This reasoning excluded any opposing viewpoints and
has mired us in what is now perceived as the endless war.  With well
over 500,000 viewers and growing, we are pleased that Rethink
Afghanistan is now at center of the movement to end the war."
 Robert Greenwald, Director, Rethink Afghanistan

In
recent months, with waning support for the war, hundreds of everyday
Americans have gathered to watch segments of the documentary through
grass roots screenings in local churches, theaters, and community
centers across the country. Rethink Afghanistan is currently being embraced by the growing movement to end the war.

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