About the Citizen Koch Film

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About Citizen Koch

 In 2012 we screened Bill Moyers’ investigation of the role of “Dark Money” - hidden donors, opaque sources – in our politics.  In 2014 the situation is much worse.   

As this Washington Post article details, in the 20 months from January 2013 to August 2014, the Koch brothers funded 44,000 TV ads to further their their attacks on Democrats and our key policies in battleground states. Citizen Koch provides a stark picture of the Koch brothers' power and influence during the political storm in Wisconsin in 2010.

That is why so many Democrats are receiving emails similar to this one sent by Senator Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas:

"We've led in five of the last seven polls, BUT Citizens United allows the Koch brothers to spend millions in an attempt to buy a Senate that benefits billionaires – not us."              

If you care about our democracy, Citizen Koch is the film for you.

From the Citizen Koch website

"America -- they're coming for you nextThat’s the warning from a Wisconsin state employee after her union rights were destroyed by a Republican governor funded by corporate and billionaire donors whose ultimate goal was to break the unions nationwide - and cripple the labor-backed Democratic Party.

Set against the rise of the Tea Party in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, a citizen uprising to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker collides with the Tea Party-aligned “Americans for Prosperity,” a group founded and lavishly financed by two of the world’s richest men —David and Charles Koch. As Republican working class voters find themselves in the crosshairs of their own party and its billionaire backers, they are forced to choose sides.”

It can truly be said that this film follows the money – and in the Wisconsin case it was mainly from out of state. But as most of you know, out of state money is not unusual.

We are calling on all Dems Abroad UK to book for this film! You all know that the Citizens United ruling gave a lot of financial power to corporations – and greatly damaged our democracy. But until you see Citizen Koch, you may not know how much.

After screening discussion  via Skype with Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, directors and producers of Citizen Koch

Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, directors and producers of Citizen Koch, were nominated for an Academy Award for their documentary Trouble the Water (2008), which also won the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for best documentary. Both were co-producers of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, Fahrenheit 9/11 (winner of the Palme D'Or) and the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine

Tia Lessin won the Sidney Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism and L'Oréal Paris/Women in Film's Women of Worth Vision Award for her documentary Behind the Labels, a film about labor trafficking in the US garment industry. She also line produced Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and was consulting producer for his Living in the Material World: George Harrison. In television, Tia's work as producer of the series The Awful Truth earned her two Emmy Award nominations.

Carl Deal has contributed to many other documentaries. As a broadcast news producer and journalist, he has reported throughout the US, Latin America and in Iraq, and has written investigative reports on environmental, civil and criminal justice for Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Public Citizen. Columbia University's journalism school awarded him its social justice prize.


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