Saul Landau

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Saul Landau
Saul Landau 2003.jpg
Born January 15, 1936
Bronx, New York
Died September 9, 2013(2013-09-09) (aged 77)
Alameda, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Madison
Occupation Journalist and Filmmaker
Spouse(s) Nina Serrano
Rebecca Switzer
Children Greg, Valerie, Carmen, Marie and Julia

Saul Landau (January 15, 1936 – September 9, 2013) was an American journalist, filmmaker and commentator. He was also a professor emeritus at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he taught history and digital media. He was born in the Bronx, New York.[1]

Education[edit]

A graduate of Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, he also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Later he worked towards, but never completed, a doctorate at Stanford University.[2]

He donated his early papers and films to the Wisconsin Center for Film and Television Research.[3]

Career[edit]

Landau authored 14 books,[4] produced and directed over 50 documentary films,[5] and wrote editorial columns posted on his blog.[6] He also had articles posted in magazines and journals including the Huffington Post [7]

Cuban diplomat Ricardo Alarcon said Saul Landau is a “a real combatant with no other weapons than his talent and intellectual integrity” while awarding him the Medal of Friendship in 2013.[8]

Landau was a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. and a senior fellow and former director of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.[9]

He received an Emmy for his film Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (1980), which he co-directed with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler.[10] He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award 1981 for "Best Fact Crime"[11] for Assassination on Embassy Row (with John Dinges; Pantheon 1980) about the murder of TNI Director Orlando Letelier and their colleague and friend Ronnie Karpen-Moffitt. He was given the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award for his life's contribution to human rights and also received the Bernado O'Higgins award.

In the early 1960s, he was a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and wrote the play "The Minstrel Show."[12] At that time he was also working as a film distributor.[13]

Landau donated his Latin American-related films and papers to the University of California, Riverside Libraries in 2005.

He frequently appeared on radio and TV shows.[14]

Gore Vidal said, "Saul Landau is a man I love to steal ideas from."[15]

Death[edit]

Landau died after battling bladder cancer for two years on September 9, 2013 at his home in Alameda, California. He was 77.[16]

Films[edit]

Landau's films are distributed by Round World Productions.[17] His 1968 film "Fidel" is distributed by Microcinema.

  • Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up (2012)[18]
  • “WE DON’T PLAY GOLF HERE – and other stories of globalization”
  • Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place (2004)
  • Iraq: Voices From the Street (September 2002)
  • Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (1999) - A documentary about the corporate globalization on the US-Mexican border.
  • The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas (1996)
  • Papakolea (1993)
  • Report from Iraq (1991)
  • The Uncompromising Revolution (1988)
  • Target Nicaragua. Inside a Covert War (1983)
  • Quest for Power (1983)
  • Report from Beirut (1982)
  • Steppin' (1980) - A documentary about Michael Manley on his tour in Jamaica, during election time.
  • Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (1979) - A political documentary about government suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation. Paul Jacobs died from lung cancer before the documentary was finished. His doctors believed he contracted it while he was investigating nuclear policies in 1957. Jacobs interviewed civilians and soldiers, survivors of nuclear experiments in the 50s and 60s, testing the effects of radiation. The film won an Emmy Award (1980), George F. Polk Award for investigative journalism on TV, Hefner First Amendment Award for journalism, and the Mannheim Film Festival first critics' prize.
  • The CIA Case Officer (1978) - A documentary about John Stockwell, a former CIA official who served in the CIA for 12 years, mostly in Africa and Vietnam.
  • Bill Moyer's CBS report on CIA and Cuba (1977)
  • Land of My Birth (1976) - The campaign film for Michael Manley in Jamaica.
  • Zombies in a House of Madness (1975) - A short film where jail house poet, Michael Beasley, reads his poetry alongside footage taken inside the San Francisco jail, in 1972.
  • Song for Dead Warriors (1974) -A documentary about the Wounded Knee occupation in the spring of 1973 by Oglala Sioux Indians and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM)
  • Who Shot Alexander Hamilton (1974)
  • Castro, Cuba and the US (1974)
  • Robert Wall: Ex-FBI Agent (1972)
  • The Jail (1972)
  • Zombies in a House of Madness (1972) - Shot in the San Francisco jail.
  • Que Hacer/What is to be Done? (1971) - Saul Landau, Raul Ruis, Nina Serrano.
  • Conversation with Allende (1971)
  • Brazil: Report on Torture (1971)
  • Fidel (1968)
  • From Protest to Resistance (1968)
  • Losing just the same (1966)

Books[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sam Whiting (September 11, 2013). "Saul Landau - documentary filmmaker - dies". SFGate. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Martin, Douglas (11 September 2013). "Saul Landau, Maker of Films With Leftist Edge, Dies at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ reported in The Capital Times of Madison, December 16, 2006
  4. ^ "Saul Landau / Bio". Saullandau.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://saullandau.com>
  6. ^ "Saul Landau's Blog". Saullandau.wordpress.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Progreso Weekly http://www.progresoweekly.com/index.php?progreso]]=Landau&otherweek=1169704800, Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/saul-landau/syria-intervention_b_1594036.html
  8. ^ http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/09/saul-landau-a-friend-of-the-cuban-revolution/
  9. ^ The Institute for Policy Studies http://ips-dc.org
  10. ^ Insert current time. "Haskell Wexler's filmography". Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ TheEdgars.com, Edgars database (entry misspelt as "Saul Landeau")
  12. ^ Mime Troupe Archives http://www.sfmt.org/company/archives/minstrel/minstrel.php
  13. ^ "Berkeley, UC Ban French Film", Oakland Tribune, November 25, 1964
  14. ^ Insert current time. "Democracy Now! June 11, 2012 - LinkTV World News". News.linktv.org. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Transnational Institute | Saul Landau". Tni.org. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER SAUL LANDAU DIES". Associated Press. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.roundworldproductions.com
  18. ^ "Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up: Danny Glover, Fidel Castro, Saul Landau: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Washington's Ignorance". Counterpunch. August 29, 2006. 

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