Professor Rockwell to Lead Film Discussion on "Dirty Wars"

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – July 9, 2013 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) Professor of Political Science Stephen J. Rockwell, Ph.D., will host a discussion on the provocative and illuminating documentary, Dirty Wars on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. The discussion and screening will take place at the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center (MAC) located in downtown Patchogue, as part of its ongoing Film Discussion Series.

Dirty Wars is a documentary about the alleged corruption, secrets and lies surrounding global conflicts. After the film, Dr. Rockwell will facilitate a Q&A and discussion where students and general audience members will share their thoughts about this compelling and controversial film based on Jeremy Scahill’s best-selling book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.

"Jeremy Scahill is one of our most provocative investigative authors,” said Dr. Rockwell. “His work examines cutting-edge issues, such as taxpayer-funded mercenary armies and the expanding use of drones and targeted killing. The screening of Dirty Wars will be an excellent opportunity to foster public discussion about these and other controversial issues."

The Film Discussion Series at Plaza MAC has included discussions by several other prominent SJC faculty members, including the Academy Award winner, Searching for Sugar Man, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, the Academy Award nominee, 5 Broken Cameras, The Shining, Room 237, Frances Ha and the 2013 Academy Award winner, Amour.

Tickets for Dirty Wars and the film discussion are $10 for the general public and $7 for students with a valid ID. For more information, visit Additional screenings will take place on July 26, 27, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 27 only.

The Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center is a non-profit public charity organization dedicated to bringing the magic and power of movies and filmmaking to the hearts and minds of the community. On a weekly basis, the Plaza provides the Patchogue community with current, quality independent films from around the world while offering special films for children and cultural programming such as broadcasts of operas and ballet from the world stage. Starting in 2013, the Plaza will be offering classes in screenwriting, editing and film production.

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