Transformative Learning Centre of OISE-UT presents the
University of Toronto
Film Series is a more-or-less monthly screening of unique martial arts movies
that go deeper and wider than standard chop-socky
action flicks. A followup to the acclaimed TMA workshop
series of summer 2008, the film series is intended to provide a
stimulating and entertaining environment to ponder and discuss transformative
potentials for the martial arts.
Whether you are practicing a particular system, contemplating taking
up a practice, simply interested in the issues raised by (and within) the
martial arts, or just looking for an interesting time, you are invited to
All films are will
be shown on Friday afternoons, 3-5pm, providing a great way to de-stress after the workweek
and jump-start a re-creative weekend.
We are open to suggestions for future films for the upcoming
OISE-UT, 252 Bloor St. W.
above the St. George subway station)
[ Previous TMA Film Screenings [
November 19, 2010
Dean’s Board Room,
12th Floor, OISE-UT, 252
Bloor St. W.
(directly above the St. George subway station)
outlandish, bizarre film is funny enough to keep your attention
"The slapstick is broad and the jokes are scattershot,
but the satirical digs at the self-delusion directing much of American
foreign policy are well aimed."
--Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Like its intriguing title, this 'more of it is true
than you would believe' satire about US intelligence, psychic spies,
hippies and super soldiers is a trip to the wacky side."
--Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
Invited to Participate in Discussion Afterwards
Loosely based on a book about the US military's attempt to employ
psychic powers against enemies, The Men
who Stare at Goats is a tour de force of
parody—of the military, martial arts, New Agers, US foreign policy, and
In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most
gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice
- and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt
the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most
chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending
America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And
they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on
Terror. 'The men who stare at goats' reveals extraordinary - and very nutty -
national secrets at the core of George W Bush's War on Terror.
With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities
over the past three decades, and sees how it is alive today within US
Homeland Security and post-war Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi
prisoners-of-war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have
100 de-bleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces command
centre at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the US Military associated with
the mysterious mass-suicide of a strange cult from San Diego? 'The men who
stare at goats' answers these, and many more, questions.
Film Website and Trailer
Behind the Scenes
TMA Articles & Links
Roxana Ng, “Embodied Learning and Qi Gong: Integrating the Body in Graduate Education,"
Within and Beyond
Borders: Critical Multicultural Counselling in Practice, edited by Olga Oulanova,
Isaac Stein, Aanchal Rai,
Maya Hammer, Patricia A. Poulin, Centre for
Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy, OISE-UT, 2009
Ann Phillips in Vitality magazine: “Classical Martial Arts:
An Eastern Inspired Path to Wellness and Empowerment”
Lang Liu, A Very Brief
History of Capoeira
Filhos de Bimba Toronto: Capoeira Regional with Professora
Estrelinha (Lang Maria Liu)
Brian's Internal Martial Arts Webpage
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