In 2011, seemingly overnight, Occupy captured the imagination of our nation – and the world. The sweeping story of the birth of a movement, 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film follows a disparate group of activists who converged on lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to build a new society. Inspired by the idea that wealth and power were disproportionately wielded by an elite few, parks across the US were soon Occupied. But what did they want? And would their own processes hinder them in achieving it? As mainstream news failed to find answers, police forces perpetrated indelible acts of violence against American citizens. Arrested by the thousands while protesting political corruption and crony capitalism, and forcibly evicted from their encampments, the Occupation finds itself at a crossroad: what’s next? In an era of hopelessness and resignation, 99% offers a striking portrait of those who refused to accept the status quo.
After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, being theatrically distributed in the United States by Participant Media, broadcast on television, and screened at film festivals around the world, 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film is for the first time available to international audiences to rent or own.
Directed by Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Krstic
A Field Pictures Production in Association with Verisimilitude & Gigantic Pictures