“Wisconsin Rising is up-close and personal…and political. This slice of life, a moment in movement history, captures the struggles of the American Middle Class confronting the corrupting power of money over democracy. Don’t miss it.” -Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Wisconsin Rising documents the largest sustained workers’ resistance movement in American history. Wisconsin was a testing ground for the nation in 2011 as big money attempted to undo basic workers’ rights when newly-elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining power from the state’s public employees. Wisconsin Rising catapults the viewer into the days, weeks, and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority, and injustice. Happening months before the Occupy movement, Wisconsinites spontaneously occupied their state Capitol for weeks as never before seen in American History.
As the story unfolds, democracy itself is at stake. The government in Wisconsin looks like a circus, as Republicans invent new laws daily, restricting citizens’–and even elected officials’–access to the State House. The cameras were rolling on March 9th, 2011 when Republican Senators attempted to vote on the bill with no public notice as over 10,000 people pour into the Capitol; occupying its halls overnight. Dramatic footage shows Republican Senators fleeing the state capitol on a secret shuttle as thousands of Wisconsinites fill the State House and Capitol grounds in protest.
Collecting more than one million signatures, the people attempt to oust Scott Walker in a recall election. He is only the third governor in American history to face a recall election and is the first to survive.
What will the people of Wisconsin do in the face of these perceived injustices? How will the citizens rebuild and reorganize, and what can the rest of America learn from their actions?
“If the film proves anything, it’s that Wisconsin progressives know how to fight.” – ISTHMUS
Official Selection: Vermont International Film Festival, Reel Work Labor Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Social Justice Film Festival
Interview with Dennis Kucinich
Interview with Tom Morello
“Wisconsin Rising| captures the spirit and intensity of the dramatic events as they unfolded, and reminds us that we cannot predict the future, and we should not forget our past, even our recent past.” – Robert McChesney, PhD, Professor at the University of Illinois
60 minutes on 1 disc
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