A Social Wakening
Last Updated on September 17, 2020
Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution (2017)
A Healthy Reminder
An inspiring documentary that reminds viewers that in a democracy, power ultimately rests with the people. It covers the rising political and social movements in the US that are struggling to restore a sense of balance and justice to the current system.
With insight from various grassroots organizers, the doc reflects the energy and emotion that is prevailing modern America. The film shares stories from BlackLivesMatter, Democracy Spring, and a local political campaign from West Virginia (Sabrina Shrader).
Feeling the Bern
It culminates with the 2016 Presidential run of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. It certainly does a good job of capturing the dissent and frustration of the political system. In a nutshell, a great many people are fed up with the dominance of money in politics, and they want the government to do its job and reflect the interests of the population (see Saving Democracy).
Bernie Sanders is a symbolic representation of this. He genuinely stands for the majority, and people love him for it! Unfortunately, things went the other way, as Trump was also able to leverage the popular dissatisfaction of the status quo. Only Trump’s take on things are pretty much the opposite of what Bernie and all these people in the documentary are motivated by. They were fighting against injustice, inequality, and for a more sustainable future.
The Fire Still Burns
Despite Bernie’s loss to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party Primary, people still very much believe in him, and the cause for a better future. Indeed, his voice and his platform has inspired many to activate politically in the hopes of achieving a better reality (see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). That’s pretty much where the documentary leaves off.
The filmmakers highlight the strength of the grassroots movements, and their burning desire for a political system that reflects their interests. The 2016 Presidential election did nothing to satisfy the burn. If anything, it has sparked still greater attention and mobilization towards realizing a better tomorrow. Watch on and get inspired!