Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

The Big Scary "S" Word

Year: 2020
Run Time: 82 minutes

The Big Scary
The Big Scary
The Big Scary
The Big Scary

Socialism. One of the most taboo words in American political speech. The supposed antithesis of everything that the United States represents. The opposite of freedom and choice. Purely un-American… or is it? With our healthcare systems, our education systems, and our sustainability practices essentially broken at the hands of ever-expanding Capitalism, we may need to start embracing another way of governing to avoid complete collapse. But confronting the need for change can be a difficult undertaking, especially when questioning all-mighty Capitalism is extremely controversial in today’s political climate. Even so, filmmaker Yael Bridge does just that in this beautifully bold documentary. A deep dive into the past and present of Socialism in America, THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD reveals how Socialism has a surprisingly deep-rooted history in the foundation of the United States, and that a new type of Socialism may be the reform this country needs to thrive. — G.S.

CIFF45 Screenings

On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Yael Bridge

Yael Bridge, Morgan Spector, Eden Wurmfeld

Eric Phillips-Horst

Christie Herring

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