The Free Thinking Film Festival starts tonight!

For all of you in the Ottawa area, the thied annual Free Thinking Film Festiva starts tonight – and, as an added bonus, one of my paintings (Aisha) is going to be auctioned off as part of the festivities!

From the organizers:


Losing Our Sons/Muslim Brotherhood in Canada!

November 1, 2012
The 3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2012 Starts Tonight!

We’ve got an incredible first evening planned for the Festival. Tickets will be available at the door, so please make it to the Library & Archives Canada tonight!

Losing Our Sons
November 1st, 2012, 7 PM
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington

Admission: $20 or with Festival Pass (you can buy an individual ticket or a Festival Pass at the door). Private reception to follow the Q&A with Marc Lebuis.

Right after the film, please join us for an exclusive presentation by Marc Lebuis – the proprietor of Le Point De Bascule Canada blog – on the Muslim Brotherhood in Canada.

Point de bascule, or the tipping point, is a Montreal-based French language webmagazine. It is dedicated to explore and expose Islamist activities in our midst, and I invite everybody to check out his site.

Losing Our Sons Trailer HD
Losing Our Sons Trailer HD

A searing true story from America’s heartland, Losing Our Sons tells of two American families whose lives intersected through a shattering act of violence. Melvin Bledsoe, a small business owner in Memphis, watched with pride as his son Carlos went to Tennessee State University in Nashville to better his life through education. Daris Long, an ex-Marine, felt honored that his son, Andy, chose to follow in his footsteps by joining the military. But when Carlos Bledsoe murdered Andy Long in Little Rock, Arkansas, both fathers are forced to confront a new kind of American nightmare. As Melvin traced the trail that led Carlos from Nashville to Yemen and then to Little Rock, Daris confronted an American government that seems to be in denial about what happened to his son. This powerful documentary provides a moment of clarity for people who care about their families and their country’s future.

“Heartbreaking and infuriating … an anguished wake-up call.”
Jeff Jacoby, Columnist, Boston Globe

“Riveting, powerful, educational and a must see for every American”
Brigitte Gabriel, Founder President of ACT! For America

We made the Ottawa Citizen!

Click here to read their preview of the Festival.

Get set for one of the most important Canadian Premieres in a long time. Death By China will be our feature presentation on Friday night at the 3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2012.

Death by China Documentary Film – Official Trailer
Death by China Documentary Film – Official Trailer
Death By China
November 2nd, 2012, 7 PM
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington

Speaker: Greg Autry, co-author of “Death By China”. Private reception to follow Q&A.

Admission: $20 or with Festival Pass. Tickets available online (see our website) or at the door.

Death by China is a new film based on the book by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry which challenges the dominant paradigm of a “Chinese Miracle” – the one featuring a modernizing, progressive Chinese state heading toward political reform and driving global economic growth with its new found embrace of capitalism and freedom. Tearing this delusion away, Death by China documents the myriad ways that a powerful, wealthy, and corrupt Chinese Communist Party emboldened by a growing nationalistic frenzy is becoming the biggest threat to global peace, prosperity, and health since Nazi Germany.

“A truly life-changing, mouth-dropping documentary film…Peter Navarro’s ‘Death by China’ grabs you by the throat and never lets go.”
-Francesca McCaffery, Blackbook Magazine


We’ve added Atlas Shrugged, Part One!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Room 156
3:00 PM

Atlas Shrugged, Part One

Watch the Trailer
97 minutes, Strike Productions, 2011

Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of rational self-interest comes to life for a new millennium.”. The year is 2016, and America is on the verge of economic disaster. The greatest citizens are being targeted, and dark forces are working to bring about America’s final days. Our only hope for salvation lies with Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden, rugged individualists whose bold ideas may have the power to spark a revolution and reclaim to the American Dream.

3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival!!!

We’ve got an amazing Festival this year!

The Festival will feature four major events: On November 1st, the Festival will open with “Losing Our Sons”, a poignant tale of two fathers who have lost their sons – one through terrorism, and one through indoctrination. On November 2nd, the Festival features the Canadian premiere of “Death by China”, a film about the increasingly destructive economic trade practices of a rapidly rising China with author Greg Autry in attendance. On Saturday, November 3rd, Producer Michael King will be on hand to introduce the film, “The Rescuers” about diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust, and the Festival will end with a tribute to Raoul Wallenberg – a celebration of his 100th birthday in association with B’nai Brith Canada.

Other films include “The Invisible Men,” about the plight of gay Palestinians; “Windfall,” about the pitfalls of wind power; “Freedom’s Fury,” a look at the “blood in the water” water polo match between the Soviet Union and Hungary at the Olympics in 1956; “Their Eyes Were Dry,” a film about the massacre of teenagers in Ma’alot in Israel by Palestinian terrorists in 1974; “Occupy Unmasked,” a hard look at the Occupy movement; “21 Brothers,” a Canadian film about World War I; “The Red Chapel,” a comedy that exposes North Korea’s totalitarian system; “Putin’s Kiss”, a documentary on the brutality of the Putin regime; “Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny,” examines why Winston Churchill’s legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century; “Why Is It Hate?,” Martin Gladstone’s film on why Queers Against Israeli Apartheid bring a message of hate to Toronto’s Gay Pride; and many, many other films.

In addition, four authors will be in Ottawa to launch their books. Bruce Bawer, the acclaimed American author, will read from his new book, “The Victims Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind;” Pierre Desrochers will present on two of his books: “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet”, and “The False Crises of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring at 50”; Arpad Szoczi will present his book, “Timisoara – The Real Story Behind the Romanian Revolution,” and Tuvia Tenenbom will be here to talk about his book, “I Sleep In Hitler’s Room.”

Trailer – 3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Society 2012
Trailer – 3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Society 2012

The complete list of events can be seen at

Festival passes are available for $75 and can be purchased either online or at the following retailers – Compact Music (785 Bank, 190 Bank), Collected Works (1242 Wellington), and Ottawa Festivals (47 William Street). Day passes will also be available for sale.

Some Amazing Speakers Coming to Ottawa for the Festival!

Martin Gladstone, Producer of “Why Is It Hate”, a documentary about how Queers Against Israeli Apartheid bring a message of hate to Toronto Gay Pride.

Greg Autry, Author of the book, “Death By China” will be here to talk about his new documentary of the same name. CANADIAN PREMIERE.

Michael King, Producer of the film “The Rescuers” in which historian Martin Gilbert teams up with a survivor of the Rwandan genocide to interview diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

Pierre Desrochers, Professor at the University of Toronto, will be presenting on his two new books: “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 mile Diet” and “Silent Spring at 60: The False Crises of Rachel Carson”.

Bruce Bawer, acclaimed American Author, will be in Ottawa to launch his new book: “The Victim’s Revolution: The Rise of Identity Politics and the Closing of the Liberal Mind.”

David Matas, attorney for the B’nai Brith and Human Rights Activist, will be presenting the latest research on the fate of diplomat Raoul Wallenberg – the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust in Hungary.

Clayton Garrett, Producer of 21 Brothers, a Canadian film about life in the trenches during WW1. Shot in Kingston, Ontario.

Marc Lebuis, author of the website will be in Ottawa to present on the Muslim Brotherhood in Canada.

Tuvia Tenenbom will be here to present his book, “I Sleep in Hitler’s Room.”

Arpad Szoszi will be here to discuss his new book on the Romanian Revolution.

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Frederick Litwin
Free Thinking Film Society