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Volume 31
National security and post-9/11 paranoia trump the fundamental right to artistic expression in this shocking docudrama about Professor Steve Kurtz, a creative artist wrongfully accused of bioterrorism. When Steve’s wife unexpectedly passes away in their home, emergency crews enter at his request, only to misinterpret his unique art project (a display of multicolored bacteria in several Petri dishes) for biological warfare.
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The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife Hope died in her sleep of heart failure. Police who responded to Kurtzs 911 call deemed Kurtzs art suspicious and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist" as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wifes body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date.

On This DVD:
Strange Culture:
Lynn Hershman Leeson (75 minutes).
Voices Of Dissent: Activism & American Democracy Karil Daniels (42 minutes)
Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the “War on Terror”: Gillian Caldwell (27 minutes)

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  • 2008-06

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