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'About Baghdad' in Ashland

Peace House in Ashland will sponsor the Southern Oregon — premiere of "About Baghdad," a new independent film by InCounter Productions — (Spring 2004) to honor International Human Rights Day. The film will be — shown at 7 p.m. Friday, in the Meese Auditorium, Southern Oregon University, — next to the Schneider Museum of Art.

In July 2003, Sinan Antoon, an exiled Iraqi writer and — poet, returned to Baghdad to see what has become of his city after wars, — sanctions, decades of oppression and violence, and now occupation.

Iraqis of various ethnic and political backgrounds and — orientations, from poets to politicians, cabbies to communists, a retired — senior citizen to an American soldier at Bremmer's headquarters, speak — about the situation in Iraq and the relationship with the U.S.

The film offers reflections on the legacy of dictatorship, — sanctions and war, and the resilience and humanity of a people who were, — for decades, dehumanized and disappeared behind Saddam's image.

Donations will be accepted at the screening of "About — Baghdad" to support a humanitarian delegation sponsored by Global Exchange — and CODEPINK. This delegation of health care workers and parents who lost — loved ones in Iraq and 9/11, will take a shipment of medical supplies — to the Iraqi/Jordanian border where they will meet with Iraqi humanitarian — aid organizations that will take the supplies to Fallujah and other places — in need.

A candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost to human — rights violations across the world will immediately follow the film screening. — For more information about the film, see http:aboutbaghdad.com or call — Peace House at 482-9625.

Alexander —

Alexander the Great, a relentless conqueror who by the — age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Past — and present collide to weave a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which — childhood memories and Alexander's rise to power unfold side by side the — later day expansion of his empire, its gradual decline and ultimate downfall.

Directed by Oliver Stone ("Nixon", "Wall Street", "Platoon")

Collin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Jared — Leto, Rosario Dawson, Val Kilmer

R for violence and some sexuality, nudity, 176 min.

Being Julia —

A London stage actress entering her 40's begins having — a nervous breakdown that includes a clandestine affair with a man half — her age. Bening gives a tour de force performance in this costume comedy/drama — about the joys and sorrows of life and art, set in the late 1930's.

Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Greenwood

R for some sexuality, 104min.

Blade: Trinity —

Blade joins human vampire hunters to track down the original — vampire, Dracula.

Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica — Biel, Parker Posey

R for strong pervasive language, and some sexual content, — 106 min.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason —

The story picks up soon after the first film, and already — Bridget Jones is becoming insecure in her relationship with accomplished — and supportive Mark Darcy. Why shouldn't she feel inadequate when every — woman in London, including Mark's new drop-dead beautiful intern, wants — to lure him away from the plumpish, opinionated, sometimes inappropriate — Bridget? And then Bridget's former boss, womanizing heartthrob Daniel, — comes back into her life.

Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, — Gemma Jones

R for language and some sexual content, 105 min.

Christmas with the Kranks —

Fed up with the commerciality of Christmas, and man and — his wife decide to skip the holiday and take a vacation. But when the — daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together — a holiday celebration. Based on the novel "Skipping Christmas" by John — Grisham

Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Akroyd, Erik Per Sullivan, — Cheech Marin

PG for brief language and suggestive content, 99 min.

Enduring Love —

Joe, about to propose to his girlfriend at a picnic, is — suddenly involved in an attempt to save a child. One of the other would-be — rescuers is killed in the attempt, and another insinuates himself into — Joe's life, driving him to the brink of madness.

Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy

R for language, some violence and a disturbing image, — 101 min.

Incredibles

Bob used to be one of the world's greatest superheroes, — but fifteen years later Bob and his wife, another formerly famous superhero, — have retreated to the suburbs to live normal lives with their three kids. — Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious — communication summons him to a remote island. Voice talents of Craig T. — Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Brad Bird.

PG for action violence, 115 min. +5 minute short subject —

Motorcycle Diaries —

In Spanish with English subtitles

An adaptation of a journal written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara — when he was 23 years old. He and his friend, seeking adventure before — graduating college, embark on a road trip across Argentina, Chile, Columbia — and Venezuela in 1951/52. The two friends' lives run parallel for a while — but, by the end of the film, each man's destiny has been decided. Directed — by Walter Salles ("Central Station"). Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo De la — Serna.

R for language, 126 min.

National Treasure —

Ben Franklin Gates tries to fulfill a promise made by — an ancestor in the Andrew Jackson administration. The oath was to locate — and protect an ancient treasure that legend says is mapped on the back — of the original Declaration of Independence.

Directed by Jon Turtletaub ("Phenomenon", "While You were — Sleeping")

Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Harvey Keitel, — Sean Bean

PG for action, violence and some scary images, 131 min.

Ocean's Twelve —

Danny and his gang head to Amsterdam, Rome and Paris for — new heists, where they contend with Terry's revenge, Europol, and a mysterious — French rival.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, — Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia

PG-13 for language, 125 min.

Polar Express —

A boy who still believes in Santa Claus despite the skepticism — of his peers, is rewarded for his loyalty when a train pulls up in front — of his house on Christmas Eve to take him to the North Pole. Written and — directed by Robert Zemickis ("Castaway", "Forrest Gump", "Back to the — Future"). Based on the popular children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. — Tom Hanks (digitized animation).

G/100 min.

Primer

Two young engineers conduct experiments on their own time — in a garage. When they accidentally discover a process that could enable — them to do and to have seemingly anything they want, complications and — consequences ensue. This Grand Jury Prize Winner at Sundance was shot — on a budget of $7000 by self-taught, first-time filmmaker Shane Carruth

Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

PG-13 for brief language, 78 min.

Ray —

The life story of Ray Charles, born in the segregated — South in 1930, he went blind from glaucoma at the age of seven. A pianist, — singer, composer, and bandleader, Charles is credited with the early development — of soul music. He also fought for civil rights, was a womanizer, battled — a heroin addiction and survived numerous professional clashes with record — companies. Directed by Taylor Hackford

Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, — Terrence Dashon Howard, Richard Schiff, Regina King.

PG-13 for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some — thematic elements, 152 min.

Sideways —

A struggling, 40ish novelist is frustrated over his stalled — career and the fact that his struggling actor buddy is about to get married. — With their emotional baggage in tow, the two set off for a week of debauchery — in the Napa Valley wine country before the wedding.

Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra — Oh

R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity, — 125 min.