The Movies of Uncommon Knowledge festival (M.U.C.K.) is re-appearing on the monthly scene with brand new films that stir up controversy and stimulate your thinking about topics not normally covered in the mainstream media. This month’s series of films (screened at The Royal, as usual) takes place on Sunday, July 18th and takes up the theme of “Government Policies and Secrecy Practices”! (Whoa.) The evening ends with a panel discussion about government transparency and secrecy in Canada.

M.U.C.K.’s mandate is to bring you a monthly series of thought-provoking films about public life, society, culture, and government policy, with a viewpoint that counters received wisdom. This month’s screening begins with You, Me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule (Paul Manly, 2009) at 3:00, which is a feature-length documentary on the Security Prosperity Partnership. What? If you don’t know what it is (which I didn’t), that’s a pretty good reason to see the film. The S.P.P. is a new initiative which critics say erodes our civil liberties in favour or corporate gain and unencumbered trade. Decide for yourself.

At 5:00, its Collapse (Chris Smith, 2009), a documentary about a former Los Angeles police officer who turned independent reporter and predicted the financial crisis way before Wall Street had even begun to clue in. Chris Smith also made the awesome American Movie in 1999,   which will always be tops in my book.

Finally, the evening ends with Secrecy (Peter Galison and Rob Moss, 2008) at 7:30, in which the filmmakers explore the increasing quantity of classified information in the United States — safety or secrecy?

Tickets are $10 per screening or $20 for all 3 screenings. Students can use the promo code “˜ichannel’ at Ticketbreak.com to print off tickets or email the M.U.C.K. website (linked above)to be put on the guest list.

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