We are the Giant; Maidan

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Two documentaries open in New York today that provide a close-up look at the Arab Spring and Euromaidan. Even you think that these upheavals were plots concocted by the CIA to weaken Iran and Russia, you will benefit from watching both since they go along way toward seeing flesh and blood human beings in struggle rather than geopolitical abstractions. For those who identify with the struggles and have offered solidarity in one way or another, the films will help sustain you in these most trying of times when dark reaction rules almost everywhere.

Playing at the Cinema Village, “We are the Giant” focuses on the anti-government protests, both peaceful and violent, in Libya, Syria, and Bahrain. While there is little to distinguish the ideals and self-sacrifice of the protagonists in each arena, those from the first two countries are regarded by much of the left as tools of American imperialism…

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