It seems utterly remarkable, although it shouldn't be, given the global crisis of 2012.
"American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness" sheds light on the manner that the corporate controlled nation is holding out the genetically modified carrot to the masses rather than the flame of truth.
Yet, here it is, a documentary film conceived, researched, written and narrated with the newly emerging feminine voice.
Patrea Patrick's unifying vision innovates the documentary into a holistic, integral feminine form by weaving interconnected threads into an awakened tapestry depicting what has gone so terribly wrong in the United States of America.
Patrea Patrick projects the light of the feminine capable of giving birth to a new society. "No one had stepped forward and exposed the spider web of corruption that is destroying our planet and ruining our lives," she told me. "Once the curtain is pulled back, this corruption can be seen for what it is. That is what made it so interesting to do this film."
American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness had its global premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last week.
Filmmaker Patrea Patrick on the red carpet at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Like a strategically timed missile, this (r)evolutionary film is headed to the United States just in time for the American elections.
The film speaks with a single female voice, the filmmaker's own, yet contains the multitudes in its astounding variety of world thinkers analyzing aspects of a spiritually, economically and politically ruined America held hostage by sinister forces.
"It is a big story and no one had connected the dots of what and whom controls our economics, our resources and the world," Patrick told me. "So, I put it into a film that can teach us to stop being taken down this path of no return."
Patrick spent five years on the film, three on research and two in the writing, filming and editing with her producer, Jack Tucker (above), as her sole support. "The future is what we make it. I couldn't face my kids when they ask what were you doing when this all came down. Action taken now can be the defining moment. This film connects the dots of the spider web of corruption destroying our planet and ruining our lives."
I met Patrick at the Inn of the Seventh Ray when I was living in Topanga Canyon last spring. As we were eating the purest cuisine this side of the Garden of Eden, she told me about her film and followed up with an email that resulted in my appearing at Jack Tucker's office for a private screening:
"This film is for all the people out there who eat, and think. We are putting a film out there that opens our eyes to what is happening in our country: how we are the enablers and the victims. We need a film like this to get corporations out of the government and the people and community back in to making the decisions. This film connects the dots. It shows that our Declaration of Independence now means Dependence On Corporations and our Bill Of Rights means Rights for Corporations."
Patrick's feminine voice, in an automated delivery that mirrors an unawakened America, is what makes American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness so memorable.
This is ironic, because when we met, the filmmaker was actively pursuing...
George Clooney (here on Capitol Hill) to narrate "American Empire." Photo credit: LPS
Through this act of claiming her owning the final cut, Patrick has broken through into new terrain by directing an awakened female voice to very source of America's malaise: corporate control over the economy, food, environment, politics and democracy itself.
Author Dale Berry told the filmmaker as much, after seeing the film. "The film is so well articulated. I am so grateful that you are speaking for the rest of us with a voice large enough to be heard."
Global voices of support at the post-screening party in Abu Dhabi. Doaa, a young educated Egyptian: "I thought it was so important that the film is riding on the wings of the American elections because I am concerned how the outcome would affect the world. It shows what the President should be doing instead of bailing out banks."; An Italian convert: "It is the most important film of our time; everybody needs to see this film before it's to late."; Josh, a French filmmaker: "I'm a filmmaker and this film really connected the dots."; A filmmaker from the Emirates: "The film scared me to death and opened my eyes at the same time."
Lisa Paul Streitfeld is a cultural critic and philosopher based in Berlin.
All images by Jack Tucker used with permission.