July 9, 2020

The Insular Library projects the film 'The War of Charlie Wilson', by Mike Nichols – La Provincia

On December 5, at 7:00 p.m., the Island Library of Gran Canaria he will screen the film by American filmmaker Mike Nichols, Charlie Wilson's War, inspired by the Texas congressman who in the 1980s gave billions of dollars to the CIA to arm the Mujahideen rebels of Afghanistan in their fight against the Soviet occupation.

The story of this particular Democratic congressman is portrayed in this Nichols movie (Who fears Virginia Woolf ?, The graduate, Carnal knowledge, Closer), which addresses the unwanted consequences that certain political decisions may have: the weapons that the United States bought from the Mujahideen were eventually used by the Taliban to attack US troops since 2001. The film, which has a screenplay Aaron Sorkin, is inspired by the book written in 2003 by George crile, although concentrated and too synthesized, titled The Charlie Wilson War: the extraordinary story of the greatest undercover operation in history, which in turn tells real facts.

In the early eighties, the aforementioned American congressman fond of fun, a woman from Houston's high society, a strong advocate of good causes and a CIA agent passionate about challenges, conspired to carry out the largest secret operation of the history. Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), one of the richest women in Texas and virulent anti-communist, convinced the congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) to help the Afghan Mujahideen, raising funds and weapons to expel the Soviets from Afghanistan. Charlie's fighting partner in this tough battle was the CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Theses abound in that sense with many substantive questions: Is it possible to be classified as a film genre ?, Is it true what is told ?, Is the aesthetic form the approach that must prevail to defend the biographical content?

What is certain is that the biographies enjoy good health, both literary and audiovisual. With these six films we want to put that debate on the table without undermining the enjoyment that any artistic exhibition deserves. In this sense, we want to assess the concept of "likelihood", the subjectivity and the approach of the artist to tell the stories of these protagonists, and that this leads to a detailed study of the time and the person portrayed, as long as you, as viewers find it convenient.

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