Amidst the backdrop of a growing worldwide populist democratic movement, the dramatic groundbreaking feature documentary film Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? is working its way across the country.
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Narrated by Thom Hartmann the film opens today - March 16 - at the Olympia Film Society and runs through the 22nd.
Heist traces the roots of the American economic crisis, and the continuing assault on working and middle class people in the United States. Heist reveals the crumbling structure of the U.S. economy -- the result of four decades of deregulation, massive job outsourcing, and tax policies favoring mega-corporations and wealthy elites. Through expert testimony, investigative filmmaking, and key archival footage, Heist unfolds critical historical background, beginning with the dismantling of FDR's New Deal, uncovering the ideological influence of the infamous Powell Memo and the Heritage Foundation's Mandate for Leadership on government reform, and traces both Republican and Democrat allegiance to big business.
After detailing how the economy has been derailed, Heist offers a robust Take Action section with real world solutions and up-to-the-minute footage from the current Occupy Wall Street movement -- an essential primer for everyday Americans to participate in the restoration of economic fairness and our democracy. A movie with its pulse on the most urgent issues of our time, Heist aspires to spark national dialogue, champion solutions and encourage audiences to engage with one another to understand how we might create a fair, sustainable economy. Heist reveals the damning details behind the economic crisis and then offers real solutions that are energizing and inspiring activists and audiences everywhere.
Critics are praising Heist"
"Heist is well timed as a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems." --Dennis Harvey for Variety
"Heist is a movie for the movement"As the Occupy Wall Street movement pushes forward, evolving daily in mission and meaning, its cinematic companion has arrived on the scene." --Linda Milazzo for Huffington Post
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