Los Angeles Premiere of Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution
"Waking the Sleeping Giant" tells the story of the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and the effort to build a reenergized progressive political movement in the United States, grappling with the urgent question of where do we go from here?
From the presidential campaign trail with Bernie Sanders to a local race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, "Waking the Sleeping Giant" makes sense of this remarkable moment in American politics, probing the extraordinary discontent of the past two years, Donald Trump's dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead.
Los Angeles racial justice and labor activist Jan Williams and her work with Black Lives Matter LA fighting law enforcement racism and violence is featured in the film. Also featuring Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Ai-jen Poo, Clayola Brown, Robert Reich, and more.
Please stick around after the film for a Q&A and discussion with special guests including Jan Williams, a remarkable Los Angeles racial justice and labor activist featured in the film, Calvin Williams of the Movement Strategy Center, and filmmaker Jacob Smith. The ever-thoughtful longtime activist Henry A J Ramos will both introduce the film and moderate the discussion afterward.
UPDATE: Immediately following the panel, please join the Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard outside the theater for a vigil honoring #AntwonRose, the 17 year-old boy killed by police in Pittsburgh earlier this week.
"An incendiary new film" - Movie-Blogger.com
"Inspiring and important" - Robert Reich
"It's the good kind of reality TV" - Amy Goodman
This "ambitious new film ... point[s] to a turbulent time - but also, perhaps, a singular moment of opportunity" - Jay Craven, Vermont Public Radio
"This is an important film at an important moment about building the movements we need" - Bill McKibben
"An important film for anyone who believes that on-the-street activism can effect change" - Cultured Vultures
Downtown Independent Theater (View)
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|