A well-curated #ows greatest hits reel, interspersed with a good amount of context. My problem with the film is that a subject so ideologically loaded deserves much more carefully considered post-production. Many of the editing and sound choices (e.g. the Obama speech echoing us into the film; the emotionally-charged Phillip Glass...) created pretty questionable subtext. Still, an important document. Worth watching.
are people really waking up?! an immediate civil rights movement right after rosa parks' individual uprising might suggest some kind of a transformation towards the well being of 99% and that very same paradigm shift and spread of awareness can be mentioned to have happened in Gezi protests. nonetheless, 1% is also going through a regeneration against which the struggle should be kept in an ongoing alert manner.
I was there for some of the events in Zuccotti Park and completely supported this movement despite the fact I agree with Naomi Wolf that we need clear leaders and legislation to fight more effectively. Many of the 1% are de facto murderers by proxy; they murder masses of people by destroying living wages, housing and health care. They must be neutralized legally to prevent further grand-scale murders.
This fine documentary gets off on the wrong foot with a speech by Obama (ugh!), but recovers later with amazing footage and an eloquent critique of the US status quo. I was there almost from the beginning of Occupy, so the issues for me are nothing new. And much of the magic and (admittedly) the frustrations of Occupy are missing from this film. But it does a decent job of summarizing why OWS was so very necessary.
A history of the popular movement against the corporate takeover of the United States. Powerful depictions of the gathering together of many voices in the US standing for the people, along with some critique of where Occupy fell short. I especially appreciated Professor Andrew Ross' analysis of the system of indenture in the American education system, and the veteran's movement for peace. Captain Ray Lewis 4-ever!
Adopting the collective voice of the movement this important documentary accomplishes in 97 minutes what the mainstream media could not convey in a year of coverage: what it was all about. Enraging, engaging, informative and maddening this powerful document is a must see for anyone who still believes in the American constitution and hasn't realized the police state that America has become is stomping on freedom.
I was furious about the use of music. The filmmakers follow the strategies of commercials or propaganda (e.g. at the first minutes of the movie): Different sections are connected with different kinds of mostly very poor musical sound to affect the emotions of the audience. So the emotionalisation starts primarily from the music and not from the (at least sometimes) naïve words.