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2020 | USA | 82 min | Documentary
Director: Yael Bridge
Co-Producers: Christie Herring, Sasha Leitmann
Editors: Christie Herring, William Haugse

Delves into the rich history of the American socialist movement and journeys with the people striving to build a socialist future today. With inequality growing, a climate catastrophe looming, and right-wing extremism ascending around the world, many Americans are wondering whether capitalism is to blame. But what is the alternative? Socialism is plagued by conflicting definitions. Is it dictatorship or democracy? Norway or Venezuela? Reform or revolution? This film explores where American socialism has been, why it was suppressed, and imagines what a renewed American socialism might look like.

“With its alternate ideas for addressing urgent societal and economic needs, Bridge’s educational documentary helps envision other ways of getting things done, at a time when there’s ever more that needs doing.” –The New York Times

“The Big Scary ‘S’ Word” is a history lesson, but it’s far from dull.” –The Washington Post

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