Children of Men (2006)

large_pGksHILD8UljwU1J3ZLPPRgyvF8Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Written by: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, & Hawk Ostby, based on the novel by P.D. James

Theo (Clive Owen) has given up political activism and is simply trying to get by in a bleak dystopian world. As women have become infertile, and the youngest humans are now 18, the end of humanity is — to quote 28 Days Later — very fucking nigh.

Britain has become a police state continually battling violence. Official propaganda boldly states that the rest of the world is now in ruins, but “Britain Soldiers On!” The government has launched a Naziesque crackdown on illegal immigrants, and a domestic terrorist group called The Fish is fighting back. Oh, and the authorities are helpfully distributing suicide kits along with rations, encouraging people to go ahead and get out of the way before the eleventh hour. (But marijuana is still illegal — go figure.)

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Arab in America by Toufic El Rassi

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Paperback, 117 pages

Published: February 1, 2008 by Last Gasp (1st published January 30, 2007)

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Arab in America blends an autobiographical story with thought-provoking social and political commentary. Toufic El Rassi was born in Beirut, Lebanon but has lived in the United States since he was a small child. The book opens right after the September 11th attacks, which sparked frightening ripples of anti-Arab sentiment. Then it steps back in time, going through the 1980s and 1990s.

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