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Fall Festival

"Lights, Camera, Clinton"

"Lights, Camera, Clinton" is a series of documentaries and Hollywood features on topics associated with the Clinton presidency. The Political Science Department, Political Science Alumni Association, and First Year Connections offer the series in preparation for the William J. Clinton Presidential Conference to be held November 10, 11 and 12, 2005. The films will also serve as an integral part of a freshman political science seminar class entitled "The Clinton Presidency."

A faculty member will introduce each film, putting each into its appropriate historical context. A discussion session will follow each film.

All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, located on the first floor of the Axinn Library. Admission is free.

September 12
The Clinton Years (2001, 93 minutes)
A PBS/Nightline documentary showing the inner workings of the administration through eyes of high level members of the Clinton team.

September 19
The War Room (1993, 96 minutes)
A documentary view from inside Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

September 26
Primary Colors (1998, 143 minutes)
A comedy drama based on Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, or, in the fictionalized account, Southern governor Jack Stanton.

October 3
Blackhawk Down (2001, 144 minutes)
In 1993 U.S. soldiers were sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands Somalians. The mission went terribly wrong, leaving a lasting imprint on U.S. policy toward humanitarian intervention.

October 17
Sometimes in April (2005, 140 minutes)
Debra Winger and Dris Elba star in the story of two brothers during the 1994 Rwanda genocide, with which the Clinton presidency did not intervene.

October 31
Wag the Dog (1997, 97 minutes)
Caught in a scandal days before the election, a president fears for his political future, prompting an adviser to contact a Hollywood producer to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.