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Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Barbara Trent to Speak at Sarah Lawrence College Nov. 17 PDF Print Email


Nov. 16, 2011:  Filmmaker, activist, and grassroots organizer Barbara Trent will present her Academy Award-winning documentary, The Panama Deception, on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 pm in Titsworth Lecture Hall on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College.

The Panama Deception aspires to reveal the "untold story" of the 1989 US invasion, presenting what it asserts to be the shocking events of the assault and the "true motivation" for the invasion.  The film contends that the mainstream media collaborated with the US government to censor information and deceive the public and purports to explain how and why.

"It is a poignant and alarming reflection of what is unfolding today," said Kat Norcutt, a student who helped to organize the event.  Trent will discuss the film as a springboard for analyzing current domestic and international events, and she will discuss it as a case study of government deception and media disinformation.  "Her presentation inspires audiences to see through today's media, government, and corporate lies to expose the deceptions threatening our global community and our living planet," said Norcutt.

A seasoned activist and filmmaker, Barbara Trent won an Oscar in 1993 for the film as Best Documentary Feature and has both directed and produced other films, including Waging Peace, Destination Nicaragua, and Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair.  She has publicly exposed criminal activities in the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA, and she has been the target of at least three FBI counter-intelligence operations.  Appointed as an expert senior training specialist for the VISTA Program under Jimmy Carter, Trent has been decorated with the Gasper Octavio Hernandez Award by the Journalists Union in Panama, and she is a recipient of the American Humanist Association's Arts Award for her "courageous advocacy of progressive ideas."

There will be a reception preceding the screening.  The screening is sponsored by the SLC Warren Green Cooperative Dormitory, SLC Worker Justice, the SLC politics department, the SLC film department, the SLC student senate, and the Empowerment Project.  Barbara Trent appears courtesy of the Visiting Artists Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Pictured here:  Barbara Trent with her Oscar for The Panama Deception.


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