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The Momentary Enemy
Producer: Maria Christina Villaseñor
25 minutes
US/The Philippines
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The Momentary Enemy

The Momentary Enemy takes a critical comparative look into the way mass media has represented the Philippine-American War, Vietnam and Iraq Wars since the turn of the century to present day. The video includes compelling interviews with Professors Moustafa Bayoumi, Reynaldo Ileto, Marilyn Young, Howard Zinn, writer and activist Ninotchka Rosca, and anti-Iraq war protesters in New York City. This film raises the question, "Hasn't America been in this position before?"
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A convincing argument that imperialism is an American (United States) tradition that stems from at least as early as the 19th century and continues today. This video is highly recommended in support of high school and college curricula in American studies, history and media studies. Provides clear evidence of American imperialism from the strategic and economic sources for involvement, to the exploitive treatment of colonial resources, and finally the exploitation of conquered or subjugated colonial peoples. - Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State U, Educational Media Review Online (EMRO)
• Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, 2009

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