Encore Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
We all know Washington is broken. Our federal government’s spending, regulations, and tax breaks are deeply corrupted; giving special interests limitless power and unfair advantage. Fed up with this status quo, Americans keep electing people who pledge to change it — but to no avail. With expert testimony from high-ranking officials, leaders in the reform movement, and everyday people trying to make a difference, “UnRepresented” reveals the barriers that keep the Federal government from enacting popular reforms to end political corruption.
Through large investments in lobbying and election campaigns, special interests exercise undue control over our elected officials. In return, these same officials give massive rewards to their investors with spending and tax breaks financed by never-ending debt obtained from banks, foreign governments, and other wealthy financiers. This cycle of legal corruption gives unchecked power to these selfish political insiders.
While the political divide is wider than ever, the film also reveals that Democratic and Republican leaders in fact agree on passing basic reforms to outlaw the wanton corruption that both parties take part in – giving hope to non-partisan solutions and a post-partisan future.
By passing laws at the State-level, Americans from many perspectives are building momentum to force Congressional action on these issues or to bypass it entirely by holding a Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. “UnRepresented” serves as a rallying call to bring people together across the divide and introduces grass-roots led movements to break the cycle of corruption and the influence of money in our flawed political system and to ultimately restore our government back to one that serves the people.
The film is currently available on Apple TV.
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Credits: A documentary by Daniel Falconer and Andrew Rodney.