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4th World War

Saturday, February 21, 2004
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type:
Big Noise Films
Location Details:
16th Street Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street (@ Mission)


Friday February 20-26 @ 7pm and 9pm
16th Street Victoria Theatre - 2961 16th Street (@ Mission)
Reception with the directors to follow the Feb 20 Premiere
tickets available online -

The Fourth World War was shot by award-winning New York film collective Big Noise Films on the frontlines of struggles spanning five continents. It is the untold human story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict.

While American airwaves are crowded with talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human face of war is rarely seen. The Fourth World War weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground - from the front lines of struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, ‘the North’ from Seattle to Genoa, and the ‘War on Terror’ in New York and Iraq.

The product of over two years of filming, The Fourth World War is a new kind of film for a new world. The intensity and immediacy of its images are beyond anything corporate television can shoot, the intimacy and passion of its stories are beyond anything it can feel. Narrated by Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad and singer Michael Franti of Spearhead, it is a radical story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides.

The Fourth World War premiered in four sold out shows at The International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in late November, and it has already sent shockwaves through the independent film world. The Fourth World War was launched in North America at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in January, and is an official selection of the Next 5 Minutes Festival - Amsterdam, Korean Labor Film Festival - Seoul, Films Fra Sor - Olso, IDFA Flies Tropics - Surinam, Cinema Texas - Austin, Big Sky, OVNI - Barcelona, World Social Forum Film Festival - Mumbai, India, ReelWorld - Toronto, Cleveland International, DOXA, Syracuse International and Latinoamerica Arde - Buenos Aires.

“Inspirational. Essential. THE FOURTH WORLD WAR documents the history of the future before it is born. . . and while we can still do something about it.”
-Peter Wintonick, Internatonal Editor, POV (Point-of-View Magazine) Canada

“Passionate, euphoric, contagious. . . It is our worlds against their system.”
-IDFA, Amsterdam

“A powerful, radical cry from the frontlines of the war on people. This film captures the spirit of resistance: it is as beautiful and global as humanity itself.”
-Naomi Klein, Author of NO LOGO

“THE FOURTH WORLD WAR is a daring, courageous, heart-pounding intervention against empire. A remarkable, inspiring cinematic achievement that completely reprograms the vectors of politically engaged documentary.”
- Patricia R. Zimmermann, author, States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies

Richard Rowley and Jacqueline Soohen of Big Noise Films are New York based filmmakers whose groundbreaking feature documentaries, Zapatista (1998), Black and Gold (1999) and This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000), have won top honors at hundreds of film festivals from New York, Toronto and Los Angeles to Berlin, Seoul and Bogota. They are also established video journalists and have reported for national television and radio news program Democracy Now! from Argentina, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Ecuador, Brasil, East Timor, South Africa and Palestine, where they were the only video team to break the siege on the Church of the Nativity in 2002.
Added to the calendar on Thu, Feb 12, 2004 9:36PM
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