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Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (#304)

Kevin McKiernan's career as a photojournalist has taken him to some of the world's most troubled regions, from Nicaragua to West Africa; his work, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has been published by Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. But McKiernan discovered a story that the national press wouldn't touch: a campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetrated against the Kurdish minoritiies by the Turkish military, using U.S.-made weapons. McKiernan's independently produced film delves deeply into the U.S. complicity in this human rights disaster, indicting the mainstream news outlets that, by staying quiet, help perpetuate the violence. Shot in part by Haskell Wexler, GOOD KURDS, BAD KURDS travels from Santa Barbara, home to a small Kurdish refugee community, to Washington, D.C., where an activist struggles to gain the attention of lawmakers and the media and fight his deportation, and to Turkey, where the anti-Kurd campaign seems to be accelerating. [81 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns.

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