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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Better This World

Katie GALLOWAY, Kelly DUANE DE LA VEGA

  • USA
  • 2011
  • 89min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

Two young men from Midland Texas, David McKay and Bradley Crowder, were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, for possessing Molotov cocktails and planning to injure police. The FBI investigated this case as a domestic terrorism case and put them on a trial. But are they really terrorists as they were accused? Through a series of interviews of them and the parties concerned, the fact that Brandon Darby had been at the center of the whole plan gets revealed. A radical activist and the co-founder of Common Ground Relief, Darby was a mentor to the two 22-year-old boys over months to advise them on political directions and the detailed actions. And the shocking news: he was a FBI informant and the bureau was watching them the whole time. The interrogation process and testimonies which are reconstructed through recordings and transcripts raise even more doubts. Would McKay and Crowder, who were perhaps just young idealists dreaming of a better world, have chosen violence if they hadn’t met Darby? Couldn’t it have been prevented when the FBI had been aware of what’s going on? It seems that the two may have been found as “terrorists” by the government in need of finding some to excuse huge budget spent on fighting terrorism since 9/11. Shedding light on issues such as the criminalization of protest and dissent, an increasing culture of government surveillance into the lives of average citizens, this film provides an insightful observation on post-9/11 America under the influence of terrorphobia. (HWANG Hei-rim)

Review

Director

  • Katie GALLOWAY

    Katie Galloway has directed and produced numerous awardwinning films and series for PBS Frontline and POV, among others. Galloway taught documentary production at the Columbia Journalism School and now teaches Media Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Better This World (2011) Prison Town (2007)​ 

  • Kelly DUANE DE LA VEGA

    Kelly Duane de la Vega is an award-winning documentary director and producer. Her feature documentaries have been shown in film festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS stations and on the Documentary Channel. Better This World (2011) Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America (2004) See How They Run (2001)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerKatie GALLOWAY, Kelly DUANE DE LA VEGA, Mike NICHOLSON
  • Cinematography David LAYTON
  • Editor Greg O’TOOLE
  • Music Paul BRILL
  • Sound Sirius Sound

Production Company / Distributor / World Sales

Production Company  Loteria Films 

Distribution / World Sales  CAT & Docs

Address  18, rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris, France

Tel  33 1 44 59 63 53

E-mail  maelle@catndocs.com​