With few exceptions, each of us has been affected by the 2008 financial collapse of America and resulting “Great Recession.” But how many of us actually understand “how” this could happen not only to America, but to each of us? Something broke within the system and wealth and income inequality is at its greatest disparity in 80 years. This is exactly the kernel planted within filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth giving rise to INEQUALITY FOR ALL and leading him to Robert Reich, one of the foremost experts on US economic policy. Former Secretary of Labor to President Clinton, Reich is our teacher and guide.
With a finely tuned, engaging balance of intellectual discussion, history lessons, humor, and intimate personal moments getting to know not only Reich but “Average Joes” from the bottom of the economic ladder up to a corporate CEO, Kornbluth and Reich deliver a documentary in a style best described as “information visualization”. With easy to understand charts, animation and dialogue that is attention grabbing, the film cuts through the economic crap with rapier clarity, opening a wide path of comprehension thanks to editing that is sharp and concise, boding an easy flow that mirrors Reich’s knowledge and teaching style. The judicious selection of impactful subject areas is comprehensive, providing basic philosophies and explanations for unions, big business, entrepreneurs and even the little guy at Costco. Key is Reich’s passion for the subject matter and this country. His analysis of the underlying dynamics is clear-cut and simplified for all.
Bringing the documentary full circle, Kornbluth and Reich provide a cogent chronology, connecting all the financial and political dots of democracy and capitalism, ultimately leading us to the steps of the Supreme Court and our own individual consciences.
Written and Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
Our “Guide” and “Teacher”: Robert Reich