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Film Screening: This Aint No HeartLand

Wednesday May 9, 7:30pm

In April 2003, while the war with Iraq was at its peak, Andreas Horvath went straight to the « heart » , of America, the Midwest, looking for answers to his questions about the reasons for this war … « Small town America at its best » reads a huge road sign that stands out against the flatness of never ending fields. America is at war, but the inhabitants of « small town America » have their own concerns. As the film progresses the reputedly friendly and serene Heartland (which many say is the true America) gradually turns into a vast hinterland in which the quest for discussion becomes a futile odyssey. The people here see their idyll endangered by foreigners (i.e. potential terrorists) and the author´s sometimes begging questions for compassion for the killed civilians in Iraq remain mostly unanswered: « The civilians ? We told the whole world we were gonna do it … They should have got out of the way » .

In this secluded part of the world the real war in Iraq is inevitably more distant than the vague – but nevertheless popular – « projections of war » in Demolition Derbies and Civil War Reenactments. When it comes to sources of information, a citizen proudly lists his two favourite choices : the local newspaper (which comes once a week) and Sci-Fi Channel (which broadcasts 24/7). Under these circumstances it only seems logical that some people here are convinced Saddam « took New York » , while obviously having problems pointing in the right direction when indicating the remote city.

Director Andreas Horvath will introduce the screening and hold a Q&A afterwards

View the trailer here

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