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|Screening of Part 5 of Oliver Stone's Untold History of the U.S.|
|Date||Sunday May 31|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez
San Mateo, CA 94401
|smpa [at] sanmateopeaceaction.org|
Last year Peace Action of San Mateo County offered "The Bomb", Part 3 of Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone's widely acclaimed Untold History of the United States. We are following up that showing with another free screening of Part 5: "Eisenhower, The Bomb and The Third World". This will take place on Sunday, May 31, 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue in San Mateo. Admission is free, contributions will be welcome. The episode lasts about an hour. The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.
In this episode, Stone focuses on the 1950's and an interesting take on the Cold War. We will get a look at how our relationship with the then-Soviet Union deteriorated despite a joint effort to win World War II and the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Nuclear weapons have another starring role in Part 5 as the U.S. develops the hydrogen bomb - among other ways of rearming itself. American hegemony plays out in Korea and the Third World, and McCarthyism rears its head while claiming some political victims. All of this takes place on the watch of President Dwight Eisenhower - the political focus of this segment.
This is just one of 10 original episodes and two subsequent "prologues" created by Stone, who in the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn set out to create a documentary series that would show our country's story from a more honest and frank perspective than most of us were offered in school.
As always, we will follow up the screening with an open discussion about the parallels between those times and these.
Come join us on the 31st for an illuminating night - courtesy of Oliver Stone and PASMC.