The massacre at Sandy Hook was seen as a watershed moment in our national gun debate, but the body count at the hands of gun violence has only grown. Through the lens of victims’ families, as well as pro-gun advocates, Under the Gun examines why our politicians have failed to act.
“Dream On” is a documentary that retraces the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville across the United States, examining the current state of the American dream. Political comedian John Fugelsang leads this tour, capturing the stories of a diverse group of people struggling to get by: senior citizens who have lost their pensions, fast-food workers campaigning for a living wage, and unauthorized immigrants fighting deportation.
On November 23, 2012, an African American teenager named Jordan Davis stopped at a gas station with three of his friends to buy gum. As he waited in the parking lot, an altercation ensued with another driver, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, over the volume of the music playing in Davis’ car. This altercation ended with Dunn firing 10 shots into the car, killing Davis, and fleeing from the scene. Dunn was ultimately apprehended and charged with Davis’ murder and, at trial, attempted to use the shield of Florida’s expansive “stand your ground” law to justify his actions as reasonable self-defense. Two years and two trials later, Dunn was finally convicted for Davis’ murder and sentenced to life in prison.
"We the People: The Market Basket Effect" traces the events that led 25,000 employees and 2 million customers across New England to stand behind embattled CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and wrest control of a multibillion dollar grocery empire from an activist board of directors led by Artie T.’s cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
"The Raising of America" is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better?
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 crew members and setting off the largest oil spill in American history. For almost three months, oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, devastating the ecosystem and the surrounding communities. Five years later, the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill are still being felt.
Please join the Center for American Progress and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival for a screening of the films "Balancing Act in America's Playground" and "Our Canyon Lands," followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.
“Crossing Over” documents the sacrifices and triumphs of three transgender women who fled persecution in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. Directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, the film follows Abigail, who choreographs quinceañaras to put herself through community college; Brenda, an HIV activist and community leader; and Francis, who works as a housekeeper to help support herself and her mother back in Mexico as she prepares for her immigration hearing. From violence and discrimination to living with HIV, the film highlights the challenges faced by people living in the shadows and shows that for transgender immigrants living at the intersection of being transgender and being undocumented, their fight for survival isn’t over when they cross the border.
Please join the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress film series and Senator Richard Durbin for an exclusive screening of Spare Parts, a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi, played by George Lopez. With no experience, 800 dollars, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.
In 2008, CAP had the privilege and pleasure to work with Tomas Young, an extraordinary Iraq war veteran who eventually became one of the war’s harshest critics and an advocate for peace. Chronicled in the film, “Body of War,” Tomas shared his personal struggles after being shot and paralyzed in Iraq with the world and became known as the “voice of a generation.” The CAP family sends heartfelt condolences to Tomas’ wife, Claudia and the entire Young family. Thank you, Tomas, and rest well.