Socialism: An American Story (Sneak Preview + Q&A)
May 12, 2019
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A feature-length documentary about the history and resurgence of socialism in America.
Socialism: an American Story (socialismmovie.com) features the stories of ordinary Americans across the United States. From a Marine veteran turned socialist legislator, to a teacher on strike, to the son of Cuban immigrants organizing to free deportees, today’s surging interest in socialism manifests across demographics. Through their stories and a historical road trip through the old socialist hub of Wisconsin, we learn what a uniquely American form of socialism might look like.
Two years ago, 13 million Americans voted for a socialist presidential candidate for the first time. Millions more flirted with socialism, feared it, or scratched their heads and moved on. We want to reach people who are unfamiliar with socialist thought but feel its growing influence in their lives. For the first time in decades, there are socialists in both houses of Congress. Americans deserve an opportunity to evaluate socialist ideas without the usual Cold War stigma or fear-mongering.
The word “socialism” can be alienating. “Medicare for All” now enjoys wide majority support even among Republicans, but the socialist project goes beyond healthcare reform. We journey through a vision of America transformed by that project.
~~~~~~Q&A DISCUSSION FEATURING~~~~~~
Yael Bridge is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently produced Netflix’s Saving Capitalism.
Bhaskar Sunkara is the founder and editor of Jacobin and author of new book The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality.
Meagan Day is a staff writer at Jacobin. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Vox, Mother Jones, The Week, The Baffler, In These Times, n+1 and elsewhere.
Democratic Socialists of America
Young Democratic Socialists of America
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