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By Film Threat Staff | January 29, 2003

The Unamerican Film Festival is back by popular demand with a new lineup of smart, silly, and shocking short political films! Following up on its critically acclaimed launch at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, the Unamerican Film Festival is embarking on a 2003 world tour with upcoming screenings in Tokyo, at the Berlin Film Festival, in Paris, and at the New York Underground Film Festival.
The Unamerican Film Festival is a volunteer-run, non-corporate sponsored event, named after the notorious House Un-American Activities Commitee (HUAC) — the arm of Congress that probed Hollywood on a witch hunt for communists. The Festival promotes shorts and trailers for longer format films to provoke audiences to debate the controversial and critical issues with which the films grapple. For this year’s Unamerican, Festival organizers Esther Bell and Ted Passon have combed through hundreds of submissions, selecting films that fearlessly tackle subjects generally glossed over in the mainstream from white privilege and anti-globalization to media bias and the anti-war movement.
“The goal of the Unamerican Film Festival is to promote films and socially conscience ideas that are underrepresented or neglected by the mainstream media,” explained Festival Director and filmmaker Esther Bell. “In a time when democracy and freedom are being outlawed in the name of Homeland Security, it is more important than ever to promote artists of all genres whose work strives to preserve the democratic ideals upon which The United States was founded.”
For more information, visit the Esther Bell Productions website.

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