Meaningful Movies/Eastside screens INEQUALITY FOR ALL

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6:30 PM, Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Location: Bellevue, WA (click for map)

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap.

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.

Message from the director Jacob Kornbluth: It was quite a challenge, as a narrative filmmaker, to think about how I might approach a documentary about widening income inequality.  As I thought about it more, however, I realized my background could be a real asset.  I decided my goal with this film, first and foremost, was to take a conceptual and abstract topic and find a way to tell an approachable and human story about it.  Every choice – from letting Reich’s humor show through to approaching interview subjects as people rather than victims – was designed to help show the argument and the economy in human terms that people could wrap their heads around.

Message from Robert Reich: This movie is critically important. It exposes the heart of our economic problem.  Something that’s been getting worse and worse for over 30 years. Widening inequality.

Sponsors: Meaningful Movies/Eastside is sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran, St. Margaret's Episcopal and East Shore Unitarian with the idea of bringing community members together to view films about the issues of our day. We have a brief talk-back sharing reflections. All opinions are welcome. Coffee/tea and snacks are included. A $5/person donation is suggested, but no one is turned away. All are welcome!  

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Release Year: 2013

Running Time: 89

Director: Jacob Kornbluth

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