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Project Z Issues Global Policy Wake-up Call

November 11, 2011

Many are marking 11/11/11 today, with commemorations from the sublime (nuptials on this purportedly lucky date) to the serious (the armistice that ended the "war to end all wars" on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918).  Project Z is seizing the moment to issue a serious-ish wake-up call in the face of a seeming incapacity to learn from a series of momentous global events.

The trailer for a new documentary film, Project Z: The Final Global Event, is being released today in acknowledgement of a cascading series of related dates – from the 11/9 fall of the Berlin Wall, to the 9/11 attacks in the US, to the Arab Spring’s 2/11/11 removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power.

“If we don’t learn from these events, we’re headed for the final global event,” says head of the Global Media Project (GMP), James Der Derian, who is producing the film. Directed by Phil Gara ’08, a first-time filmmaker coming out of the GMP, the documentary features some of the world’s leading policy thinkers, military strategists, and critical theorists in an entirely new context, which they have embraced in the spirit of producing innovative global interest media that can reach new audiences.

And yes, “Z” stands for “Zombie.” As in, “we need to stop going around like the undead, wake up, and start making the tough decisions about how we want to live in a global community,” Der Derian says.