NOW STREAMING ON HULU! ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY FROM DIRECTOR YAEL BRIDGE (SAVING CAPITALISM) THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD
Chronicles History of Socialism in America
Played at Hot Docs, AFI Fest, DOC NYC
Screener and Interviews Available Now
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“LIVELY. ENGAGING. PERSUASIVE.
A MINOR MIRACLE. FIRST-RATE.”
“Yael Bridge’s The Big Scary ‘S’ Word provides a persuasive analysis of the topic, as well as considerable argument for the notion that the basic principles of socialism are (as one interviewee here puts it) “as American as apple pie’.”
– Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Engaging and surprisingly fun.”
“The Big Scary ‘S’ Word is Sean Hannity’s worst nightmare”
“To my Fox News-loving dad, the documentary The Big Scary ‘S’ Word would be a straight-up horror movie. Universal health care! Strong unions! An even more unkempt-than-usual Bernie Sanders excoriating the 1 percent! It’s enough to make the blood run cold.”
– Rob Thomas, The Capital Times
“It’s punchy, fast moving, well-edited, highly informative and most of all, entertaining.”
– Daniel Garber, Cultural Mining / CIUT RadioThe documentary, produced by Bridge, Morgan Spector (HBO’s The Plot Against America) and Eden Wurmfeld (Saving Capitalism), had its world premiere at Hot Docs film festival followed by an impressive festival run at AFI Fest, Mill Valley Film Festival, and DOC NYC.
Featuring new and archival interviews with Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cornel West, and Naomi Klein, The Big Scary “S” Word explores the rich history of the American socialist movement. Weaving together hidden episodes of history and verité footage, the film shows that, contrary to popular belief, socialism is in fact deeply American and led to popular government programs such as public schools and Medicare. Activists and journalists explain how the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street bailout, the Occupy Movement, and the ascension of politicians like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have pushed a new generation to embrace the language of socialism.
Though the policy agenda of the emerging democratic socialist left may not be quite front and center in a Biden administration, its influence is clear in the polling numbers that show bipartisan majorities supporting policies like Medicare for All, and in the new administration’s emphasis on expanding democracy and alleviating economic inequality. With passage of transformative pieces of legislation like HR1 and the PRO Act uncertain given the realities of the senate filibuster, this film reminds viewers that the fight to empower workers has always been a powerful force for social and political progress in the U.S.
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