With the United States in the grip of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression and an unprecedented budget deficit, the conclusion that our country is broke seems unquestionable. At least that’s what politicians and pundits want ordinary citizens to believe as they call for massive spending cuts.
Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce’s searing exposé reveals that, strangely absent from this rhetoric, is the infuriating fact that multibillion-dollar corporations are based in the US, make money from American consumers, and often even receive lucrative contracts from the government, yet pay nothing in US income taxes. By exploiting tax-law loopholes and spending millions on lobbyists to pressure politicians to protect their interests, corporations pocket billions while the less-connected middle class disappears, and the poor get poorer.
WE’RE NOT BROKE explores how the government has allowed this inequality to develop and the growing wave of discontent that it has fostered. Presaging the larger wave of protests that have arisen in recent months with the international Occupy movement, the film follows a number of activists who have had enough and are demanding that corporations finally pay their fair share.
Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce received the 2005 duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for their first film, THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETANCOURT. Bruce and Hayes also produced and directed HELD HOSTAGE IN COLOMBIA, a documentary about three American contractors captured and held hostage by FARC guerrillas. Their 2008 documentary, PIP & ZASTROW: AN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP, won the Target Filmmaker Award to Dream in Color at the American Black Film Festival.