Film and Panel Discussion: AK-47 vs. M16, The Film
AK-47 vs. M16, The Film, The Propeller Group's first feature-length movie, is assembled from a variety of sources. including Hollywood films, promotional videos, documentaries, news reportage, and YouTube clips. Its main characters are two guns: the Ak-47, described as "Russia's greatest export," and M16, considered "a potent symbol of American strength worldwide.
The film explores how Hollywood movies about the Vietnam War from Platoon to Rambo to Forrest Gump cemented the association of these two weapons with certain cultures and reinforced Cold War notions of a battle between West and East. It then gradually shifts from the jungles of Vietnam to those of the Congo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and to an exaggerated gangland Los Angeles.
This one-night showing screening at the Towne 3 Cinemas and will be followed by a panel discussion with Jonathan Kahana, professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz, and Kathrika Sasikumar, associate professor of political science at San Jose State University and an affiliate of Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University.
Admission is free, and advance reservations are recommended.Tickets