Inequality For All – A New Documentary
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In the wake of the U.S. economic crisis, the widening gap between the rich and the poor has gained unprecedented public awareness. Our narrator and guide, UC Berkeley professor and noted economic policy expert Robert Reich, helps us understand how the extreme inequality we are now facing has roots in economic and policy changes that began over 30 years ago. Through newly shot and archival footage, as well as innovative graphics, we learn how we got here and where we are headed if we don’t act soon. Punctuated by moments that allow us to know Reich personally, we also see his unwavering passion to return our society to one in which the American dream is possible for everyone.
THE FILM AS AN OUTREACH TOOL
The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. INEQUALITY FOR ALL explains why. There is no vilifying of the rich here. Instead, INEQUALITY FOR ALL investigates how policy changes have stacked the deck against the middle class.
With Prof. Reich as our guide, INEQUALITY FOR ALL looks at how those policy changes threaten an economy dependent on middle class spending. The film interweaves economictheory and Reich’s explanations with real-world stories of people from across the economic spectrum. These stories help Reich – and the audience – connect the dots between the strength of the middle class and the strength of America.
As Reich takes us through the decades, tech revolutions, and economic scenarios that have mitigated all of the middle class’s coping mechanisms, we learn how the economy is inevitably tied to democracy: Tea Party Protests, Occupy images, and angry Americans confused about what’s happening chant their way across the screen. Nevertheless, Reich remains optimistic, which is, in part, why the film is such an excellent tool for outreach. With clear explanations of complex concepts, the film provides a springboard for dialogue that moves past rhetoric around “class warfare” to action. INEQUALITY FOR ALL allows viewers to start with little or no understanding of what it means for the U.S. to be economically imbalanced, and walk away with a comprehensive – and significantly deeper – sense of the issues and what can be done about them.