Saturday, January 22, 2011

HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS NOW: Twelve Stories

This post is based on a past event, but worth re-posting. The filmmakers are particularly interested in having their film used as teaching tools. I was lucky enough to be able to go to the screening and it's really a brilliant work. If you get a chance, I highly recommend you check out their work.
Filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini brilliant new documentary series, HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS NOW: Twelve Stories, chronicles the fight for immigration reform on Capitol Hill and across the country.

Robertson and Camerini filmed from the early days of the Bush administration in 2001 through Kennedy’s final push for immigration reform in 2007. They reached the private offices of Senators Ted Kennedy and Sam Brownback and listened in on phone calls with dozens of congressional staffers, lobbyists, and immigration activists around the country. Invited into the meeting rooms and secret conferences where heated discussions and private bargains could yield a legislative breakthrough, Robertson and Camerini followed the workings of democracy close-up, weaving cinema verité portraits of personal defeats and victories into a grand arc of twelve stories. Together, they open an unprecedented window on the legislative process and present a vivid portrait of how political interests and advocacy campaigns intersect within a complex policy and media environment.

HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS NOW is a unique, essential revelation of the American political process at work.




For more information on the series and filmmakers: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com

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