Documenting Democracy: Movements of the past Shape the Future
Updated: Jul 28
How do social movements of recent history shape the issues involved in the 2016 US Presidential Election?
Lehmann Film Productions has documented various protests that have taken place in the United States over the years, beginning with protests against the Iraq War in Washington, D.C.
The video below is footage from July 27th 2007, featuring Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.
"Cindy Sheehan had a high profile during the George W. Bush years when her son, a 24-year-old Army specialist, died in a firefight in Iraq. Instead of focusing on issues where an increasing number of Americans agree with her, she's disappeared into fringe politics. First she ran on a socialist party's ticket for vice president as actress Roseanne Barr's running mate." - David Mastio, USA TODAY
On November 19th, 2011, we filmed Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, discussing Occupy Wallstreet during her speaking tour at Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education. We used b-roll footage from Occupy Wall Street's protest movement in Zuccotti Park and an organized march over the Brooklyn Bridge.
During an October 6 news conference, President Barack Obama said, "I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel, that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country ... and yet you're still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place." - Occupy Wallstreet, Wikipedia