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The Big Scary “S” Word


A former Marine & a public school teacher find themselves broke and unable to sustain their livelihoods through their jobs. Activated by the energy of the 2016 Sanders campaign & the murmurs of a state-wide teacher strike, both turn to socialism, a once-fringe ideology, to tackle problems larger than themselves.
With inequality growing & a climate catastrophe looming, many Americans wonder whether capitalism is to blame. But what is the alternative? Socialism is plagued by conflicting definitions. Is it dictatorship or democracy? Reform or revolution?
This film explores where American socialism has been, how it was suppressed, and imagines what a renewed American socialism might look like.

Running Time: 82 min.
Subject(s): Activism, American History, Business, Current Affairs, Economy, Education, Health, Labor, Politics, Social Justice, Society
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Yael Bridge, Morgan Spector, Eden Wurmfeld
Cinematographer: Eric Phillips-Horst
Editor(s): Christie Herring
Production Company: Wayland Productions, LTD

Festival Participation

  • Mill Valley Film Festival - 2020
  • AFI Fest - 2020
  • DOC NYC - 2020
  • Beloit International Film Festival - 2021
  • Big Sky Film Festival - 2021
  • Cleveland International Film Festival - 2021
  • Port Townsend Women & Film - 2021
  • Hot Docs - 2021
  • Wisconsin Film Festival - 2021
  • Mountainfilm - 2021
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - 2021
  • DOXA - 2021
  • Milwaukee Film Festival - 2021
  • Melbourne International Film Festival - 2021

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