Fall 2017 Upcoming Cinema Academica Shows




This week at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/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.


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.

Upcoming at Cinema Academica (tentative listing):

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

November 7 is the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia. To mark the occasion we present

Tsar to Lenin
1 hour 3 minutes

The story of the Russian revolution using real footage from that period.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

We are currently planning to take a break this week, so there will be no showing.

Saturday, November 18, 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 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 (ocla.ca)


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.

Friday, December 1 OR Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

To be arranged.

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



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