Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cinema Academica Fall 2017 Schedule Oct 14 – Dec 2nd



This week at Cinema Academica

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339


Empire Files: Privacy, Control, & the Darknet

Out of the periphery of most online users, there’s a vast, hidden space used by people who want to remain anonymous, which filmmaker Alex Winter explores in his documentary Deep Web. The film focuses on the Silk Road, a black market hosted on the Darknet using bitcoin cryptocurrency, and the trial of Ross Ulbricht, who was given a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for creating and hosting the site. Abby Martin and Alex Winter discuss more about the Deep Web, the Drug War, and why encryption on things like signal still matter in light of the Wikileaks’ Vault 7 release.

Upcoming at Cinema Academica (tentative listing):

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339

Empire files: The Rise of history’s greatest empire

Abby Martin debuts teleSUR’s The Empire Files exploring the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339
Empire files: Propaganda & Engineering Consent for Empire with Mark Crispin Miller

With thousands of advertisements seen by Americans everyday, and a corporate media that reinforces the needs of Empire, propaganda in the U.S. is more pervasive and effective than ever before. The manipulation of public opinion through suggestion can be traced back to the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, who discovered that preying on the subconscious mind was the best way to sell products people don’t need, and wars people don’t want. To get a deeper understanding of how propaganda functions in today’s society, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339

Empire Files: Bush Military Official: The Empire’s Ship is Sinking

Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy. Hear a rare insider’s view of what interests are behind U.S. wars, the manipulation of intelligence, the intertwining of the military and corporate world, and why the U.S. Empire is doomed.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339

Why we fight

Why We Fight won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a “who’s who” of military and Washington beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle and others, Why We Fight launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire.

Saturday,  November 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339

Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’


2h3m 2007

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines America’s health-care crisis and why millions of citizens are without coverage. Moore spotlights the cases of several ordinary citizens whose lives have been shattered by bureaucratic red tape, refusal of payment, and other health-care catastrophes. He explains how the system has become so problematic, and he visits countries where citizens receive free health care, as in Canada, France and the U.K..
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339
Social Theory of Freedom of Expression

A Cinema Academica talk by

Dr Denis Rancourt

Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (


If there is one feature of social organization that speaks to our fundamental human nature, then it is our relentless creation, maintenance and growth of dominance hierarchy.

I will describe civil rights and the fundamental human right of freedom of expression as necessary maintenance and self-repair mechanisms for any large dominance hierarchy (civilization, nation, corporation…) to thrive rather than suffer partial or total collapse.

In this picture, all laws are evolving codes to organize, stabilize and enforce a growing and complexifying dominance hierarchy. Predictably, the codes themselves are often “hacked” by upper-strata groups that are overly ambitious in seeking additional relative advantages. This produces “pathological” laws that destabilize the overall hierarchy.

I will argue that present anti-speech laws (internet censorship, correctness codes, civil defamation, secrecy laws, criminal hate speech) are such pathological laws, the degree of application of which is a measure of the degree of totalitarianism in the society.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Peter Joseph’s Culture in Decline, episode 1: “What Democracy?” (2012)

This opening show addresses the (at the time) coming 2012 US Presidential Election and the subject of what we perceive as “Democracy” in the world today. It includes a good explanation of what ‘cognitive dissonance’ is, and how it serves to keep people ignorant and helpless to respond to crises we face today.

This will be our last showing for fall 2017. The series resumes January 13, 2018.