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Meeting Face to Face: the Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour
Directed and edited by Jonathan Levin
Produced by the Center for Study of Working Class Life
Executive Producer - Michael Zweig
As the U.S. occupation of Iraq continues into the Obama administration,, more and more Americans are questioning what our country is still doing there and what the next steps should be. Rapid withdrawal of all military forces? Maintaining a military presence to avert civil war? Long-term commitment of forces? Yet we almost never hear from the people most directly affected by the Iraq war - the Iraqis themselves.
Helping to bridge this gap in understanding, Meeting Face to Face follows six senior Iraqi labor leaders through 25 U.S, cities during the June 2005 Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour, sponsored by U.S. Labor Against the War. Speaking to American audiences for the first time, Iraqis explain why the primary condition for a peaceful resolution in Iraq is ending the U.S. occupation and why an independent labor movement is crucial in creating a democratic society.
This 27-minute documentary brings the voice of Iraqi working people directly to America, the UK, and other countries whose troops are in Iraq. Meeting Face to Face captures the energy and emotions of the tour while adding to the debate vital perspectives and experiences we almost never hear - those of the Iraqis themselves
Through Meeting Face to Face we also see American working people bringing new energy and commitment to the movement for peace, social justice, and a humane foreign policy.
We intend Meeting Face to Face to be an education resource for labor, peace, religious, and classroom settings, and for all who are concerned about the continuing war and occupation in Iraq and what the next steps should be.
In addition to the full 27-minute documentary, the DVD contains an express 15-minute version and several extra features, including:
an interview with Professor Rashid Khalidi, Director of the Middle East Center at Columbia University and author of Resurrecting Empire;
the full debate on the anti-war resolution passed at the July 2005 national convention of the AFL-CIO
a look at the spirited labor contingent participating in the national anti-war march in Washington, DC on September 24, 2005
Information about U.S. Labor Against the War