Wendy R. Williams
Wendy R. Williams 

Greetings Theater Lovers,

Well, the election is upon us and New York stages are filled with political theater and films. Last weekend, I finally saw Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” (Read our review).

“ Fahrenheit” is a powerful movie that left me feeling like I had been emotionally ambushed. As many have said, if only half of “Fahrenheit” is true, we are certainly in a terrible mess.


I also reviewed ”Persons of Interest,” a documentary about the thousands of Arabs who were arbitrarily deprived of their human rights, when they were scooped up right after 9/11 on the presumption that, “somewhere someone must know something.” Some of them were held for up to six months without any communication with their families or the right to see an attorney. It was simply devastating to listen to their stories and see how bewildered and hurt they were that they had been treated this way in the supposed “Land of the Free.”
(Read my review).

And I went to the Culture Project to see “Guantanamo”, a play based on interviews with the prisoners who have been released from Guantanamo and the families of prisoners still being held in Guantanamo. I had forgotten about those prisoners. They have been effectively thrown down some dark hole never to be seen again. But watching “Guantanamo” was a real wake up call. Who are those men who are being kept down there? Are they all terrorists or are some of them just a bunch of Arabs who might know something that were randomly picked up in the mess that is Afghanistan. And just what is an unlawful combatant anyway? Are they soldiers who fight for a country that can’t afford uniforms? The answer is: We don’t know who they are because they have been held in the hell-hole of Guantanamo for three years without any kind of judicial review. (Read my review of “Guantanamo” in the theater section of the October New York Cool.)

On a lighter and more fun note, I saw “Silver City.” John Sayles is one of my favorite filmmakers and I like everything he does. And while Silver City is not my favorite John Sayles movie (“Lone Star” has that honor), everyone should see the movie just to see Chris Cooper “do” George Bush. And don’t get me wrong, “Silver City” is a good movie – just not a classic like “Lone Star.” (Read my review)

After seeing these shows, I am left with one compelling thought about us, we the people. The United States of America was founded because a group of men believed in something, and part of that belief was that everyone is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And from that belief in the possibilities of all men, they adopted a very powerful document, our Constitution. And no matter how bad thing become for us, we must believe in freedom and justice for all so we are something that is worth believing in and defending. And if we suddenly become afraid and decide that it is okay to temporarily put aside freedom and due process for those who are least able to defend them selves, we are then diminished by turning away from the light of what makes us so great. So if we are going to fight for our freedom, we need to fight for the freedom of all and the rule of law should apply to all, even the lowliest Al Queda member now buried in Guantanamo or some random Arab whose papers are not quite in order. Because it is how we act when we are scared that shows who we really are.

Rock on!

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