Leila Conners, Mathew Schmid | 2016 | 91 min.
2017 Official Selection
This is a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States. Utilizing both original as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level, the story unfolds through the eyes of rural people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling and mining in their communities. We learn the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they “get what they don’t want, again and again,” is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the “best democracy in the world.” Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney’s inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; our film shows how and where it all began.