September 6, 2013
Studio: Participant Media
Directors: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Krstic, Katie Teague, Peter Leeman, Aric Gutnick, Abby Martin, Doree Simon
MPAA Rating: R (for language)
In 2011, seemingly overnight, Occupy captured the imagination of our nation – and the world. The sweeping story of the birth of a movement, "99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film" follows a disparate group of activists who converged on lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to build a new society. Inspired by the idea that wealth and power were disproportionately wielded by an elite few, parks from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis to Jackson Mississippi were soon Occupied. But what did they want? And would their own processes hinder them in achieving it? As mainstream news failed to find answers, police forces around the country perpetrated indelible acts of violence against American citizens. Arrested by the thousands and forcibly evicted from their encampments, the Occupation finds itself at a crossroad: what’s next? In an era of hopelessness and resignation, 99% offers a striking portrait of those who refused to accept the status quo, while analysis from activists, experts, and detractors finally brings the story into focus.