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Monday, January 23, 2006

Held in 9/11 Net, Muslims Return to Accuse U.S
Hundreds of legal noncitizens were swept up in the weeks after 9/11, held for months in a much-criticized federal detention center in Brooklyn as "persons of interest" to terror investigators, and then deported. This week, as reported in the New York Times, one of them is back in New York and another is due today - the first to return to the United States.

Set in a bare room that functions variously as interrogation room, prison cell and home, our acclaimed film PERSONS OF INTEREST consists of a series of intimate encounters with twelve detainees and family members, who share their stories. Video Librarian gave the film, " * * * * (4 out of 4 stars!) Editor's Choice! Highly Recommended! Sure to generate intense feelings of shame, revulsion, and sadness... while also sparking fruitful discussion."

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Curtail Assisted Suicide
As reported in the International Herald Tribune and in other news outlets, the court ruled that former attorney general John Ashcroft acted without legal authority five years ago when he threw the federal government's weight against the Death With Dignity Act in Oregon.

Through the personal stories of former professor Lisette Nigot, who wants to die, and Dr. Philip Nitschke, our New Release MADEMOISELLE AND THE DOCTOR is a balanced analysis of the international debate about the right to die. The journal Pop Politics said the film, "Does what no one has been able to do before... It explores the mind and thoughts of people who believe death can be a choice in a non-hysterical way. Whether you agree or disagree with the issue of euthanasia this documentary is a Must-see!"


Friday, January 06, 2006

Earliest Maya Writing Found in Guatemala, Researchers Say
As reported by National Geographic News today, evidence of Maya writing that dates to 2,300 years ago has turned up in a pyramidal structure in Guatemala. Researchers excavating the ruins in the northeastern part of the country say the finding could be among the earliest Maya written material ever found.

None of this work would have been possible without Yuri Knorosov, the Russian scholar who was the first to decipher the Maya script. Our film KNOROSOV: THE DECIPHERMENT OF THE MAYAN SCRIPT traces the history of the ancient Mayan codices since their discovery, and relates the fantastic story of Knorosov and his accomplishment.

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