Documentary explores widening U.S. income gap
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In a scene from the documentary “Inequality For All,” former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich speaks to union workers. Courtesy photo
In a scene from the documentary “Inequality For All,” former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich speaks to union workers. Courtesy photo
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“Inequality For All,” a documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s efforts to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap, will be screened in Moab on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 125 E. Center St.

The Utah Film Center, which is bringing the movie to Moab as part of its Expose USA series, describes “Inequality For All” as a “passionate argument on behalf of the middle class.”

Through a series of interviews with Americans who have been impacted by the widening income gap, as well as graphics and detailed narrative by Reich himself, the film aims to demonstrate how growing income disparity is devastating impact on the American economy. In the movie, Reich explains how “the consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself.”

“Inequality For All” recently won the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival.

“It was quite a challenge, as a narrative filmmaker, to think about how I might approach a documentary about widening income inequality,” the film’s director, Jacob Kornbluth, said in a statement on the film’s website. “As I thought about it more, however, I realized my background could be a real asset. I decided my goal with this film, first and foremost, was to take a conceptual and abstract topic and find a way to tell an approachable and human story about it. Every choice – from letting Reich’s humor show through to approaching interview subjects as people rather than victims – was designed to help show the argument and the economy in human terms that people could wrap their heads around”

Reich describes the film as “critically important.”

“We’re in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression, and we can’t seem to get out of it,” he said. “Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation’s income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn’t have the purchasing power to keep the economy going.”

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