JUSTICE MATTERS, US PREMIERE
90 minutes, Color
In Person: Director Fred Peabody, Executive Producer Jeff Cohen and The Intercept investigative journalist Lee Fang; and Gar Alperovitz (4/26 only), author of America Beyond Capitalism and CoFounder: The Democracy Collaborative.
In 1995, philosopher John Ralston Saul argued that corporations were slowly taking over democracy. Today, Saul amends that statement, deleting the word "slowly." The coup has occurred: U.S. democracy has sold out its ideals to corporations and lobbyists whose goal it is to undermine the will of the people. From the makers of All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (FFDC 2017), this trenchant film takes us into "sacrifice zones" like Camden, New Jersey, and Youngstown, Ohio, to really listen to the people forgotten by corporatized infrastructure and NAFTA. It blends their insights with those of philosophers, writers, and journalists, from the passionate investigator Chris Hedges to the poetic historian Cornell West, to lay out a compelling case history dating to the early postwar years and continuing (not ending) with Donald Trump in the White House. —Judy Bloch
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