Release Date: May 12th, 2006 (Landmark Sunshine Cinemas) by Cinema Libre Distribution.
Directed by Kevin Keating.
BASIC PREMISE: An investigative documentary about Rudy Giuliani’s policies as mayor of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This focused, informative and easy-to-follow documentary argues that Rudy Giuliani did not ameliorate the social conditions in New York City throughout his 8-year term in office. He used his expertise in crime-fighting to supposedly reduce crime in the city with a theory called “Broken Windows”. This program meant that fighting small crimes, such as graffiti-spraying and turnstile-hopping, would somehow prevent bigger crimes. But Giuliani misunderstood this theory by simply aggressively arresting many New Yorkers, some even for no good reason at all. In shocking footage, a police squad holds down a jewelry store worker for two hours while searching the store for “supposedly” stolen jewelry. Other examples include Abner Louima who gets brutally tortured by a police officer right in the police station. Other parts of Giuliani Time prove how Giuliani’s increase of limitations to the welfare system upset many poor New Yorkers who deserve it. A powerful example of that is a handicapped man with an illness who no longer receives welfare checks because he can’t work small jobs for the city just like the welfare program requires him to do. He explicitly states his frustrations to Giuliani on a radio station, but Giuliani just laughs and ridicules him. By the end of Giuliani Time, you will be convinced, through strong evidence and lively interviews, that Giuliani was not actually the hero that he was made out to be after 9/11.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Here’s another example of how corrupt politicians can be, especially those who abuse their power such as Giuliani. It would have been somehow interesting to hear what Giuliani would have to say in response/defense about these accusations against him, but, based on his appearance on the radio station, he certainly can’t handle criticism in a mature and intelligent way. Do you really think he would take the blame for the social problems during his term? He would definitely use a scapegoat, but, after watching this film, at least you’ll know who the blame should really fall on.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Informative, well-organized, and persuasive! A must-see!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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