October 12th, 2010

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

FLiFF 25 The Primadonna Puzzle

At Imperial Point Branch Library and multiple locations, **The 25th Anniversary Fort Lauderdale international Film Festival (FLiFF 25)** catalog can be found. President & CEO Gregory von Hausch thanked the local community for supporting the roller coaster ride known as **FLiFF.** While mostly complimentary to individuals like Richard Attenborough Jacqueline Bisset and Michelle Monaghan, Von Hausch did acknowledged some of the celebrity prima donnas by initials. For those who enjoy decoding riddles, here are the initials;
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FLiFF 25 " Gerrymandering "

As early voting begins on October 18th, one would be advised to see the documentary **Gerrymandering** opening Tuesday, October 12 at Cinema Paradiso. With quotes from both Presidents Obama and Reagan, Director Jeff Reichert respectfully involves both Rebublican and Democratic leaders about this unAmerican practice. **Gerrymandering** is the redistricting of electoral boundaries to effect voter outcome.

With humorous instruction, Reichert recounts how his little documentary about Texas Gerrymandering, grew into a two year production of national importance. **Gerymandering** features Govenor Arnold Swarzenegger's support of Kathay Feng's push for Proposition 11, a California ballot initiative that will put a nonpartisan citizen committee in charge of redistricting. If California can pass Proposition 11, why not Florida?

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

FLiFF 25 Iain Scollay's "The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia,"

Opening Thursday, October 14, Iain Scollay's **The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia,** a consistently fascinating documentary that marries the myth, legend and facts raised by David Lean's classic motion picture, **Lawrence of Arabia.** Scollay raises the question, “How would a T.E. Lawrence fit into the current middle east culture?“

T.E. Lawrence adapted the Arab culture and led insurgency attacks against the Ottoman Empire War machine. His field leadership is military legend, but his victories were tampered by the international politics of France and England. As a man, Lawrence was destroyed by watching his Arab allies be betrayed by career bureaucrats.

**The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia,** makes the case that the seeds of hatred for Western Culture may have grew from these actions. Of course the Iraq War is mentioned in this documentary. During man on the street interviews with a camera, the Iraqis reveal that they do not want “the American occupiers” in their homeland. Yet, as an American soldier liaison says;
“The fact that the people can say this on the street in front of
a camera is victory within itself.“