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Savages & Terrorists will attempt to recapitulate past and
present historical mistakes in a thoughtful comparative analysis
between two strangely similar marginalized indigenous groups
separated by a century and opposite sides of the world. History
most certainly does repeats itself when lessons are not learned. While impossible to predict if any one film
will have a substantial impact on a collective psyche of a
population searching for answers and direction, we believe
Savages & Terrorists holds out that potential.
We are at a juncture in history where people are beginning to
question the devious terrorist label sold to a uninformed
populace in order that the power elite can create hatred towards
a population of people who happen to live on or near vast oil
reserves. Once marginalized, the general populace no longer cares what
atrocities are carried out upon an otherwise innocent people.
Have we forgotten our own history? Have we not learned from the
Native American tribes who were equally marginalized so that the
power elite could effectively steal their property and gold
without public objection - sell them trinkets in exchange for
their valuable land. Are we to accept once again that a
population based on color, belief, or a cultural existence
different from our own are somehow less human or
posses less rights than do those who have been entrusted by the
Creator with a greater provision or bigger stick?
While overseas, Director James McConnell supported his ijjaza
(doctoral degree) by teaching English at the Embassy supported
American Language Center. While hired to be a teacher, McConnell ended
up learning much more than he taught. He learned that the Indian
schools developed to indoctrinate young Native American children
towards everything western and destroy their own cultural
identity, beliefs and customs was alive and well in the Middle
East. Upon first being hired he was clearly told, your first job
is to teach American culture and your second job is to teach
English. Embassy schools in the Middle East are no different
than the Indian schools now deplored by most historians as an
assault on a sovereign people and nation - an assault designed
to destroy and assimilate a population into becoming materialists
or consumers to be further exploited by the power elite
(corporations) vying for control over "emerging markets".
When McConnell challenged this cultural attack, he quickly went from being one
of the more revered teachers at ALC to being called the worst teacher
who ever taught at ALC - one of the few titles McConnell is most
happy to have received.
Having lived overseas for eight years McConnell brings a unique
insight into a scenario being played out in the Middle East that
is almost identical to the plight of the Native Americans in the
Savages & Terrorists will span the tribal cultures of the Middle
East and North America and show a comparison that will once and
for all teach a history that hopefully once learned will not
need to repeat itself again.
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