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Democracy Now! is broadcasting live from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival January 26-30, in Park City, Utah, where key topics this year are police brutality, national security, the environmental movement, and healthcare. Check here for our interviews with the filmmakers and their subjects this year, and browse our past coverage of the largest U.S. festival for independent cinema, starting in 2010.

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  • Michael-moore-dn
    In a Democracy Now! special broadcast, we spend the hour with one of the most famous independent filmmakers in the world: Michael Moore. For the past twenty years, Michael has been one of the most politically active, provocative and successful documentary filmmakers in the business. His films include Roger & me; Fahrenheit 9/11; Bowling for Columbine, for which he won the Academy Award; and his latest, Capitalism: A Love Story.[includes...
    July 05, 2010 | Story
  • Gasland
    The top Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce have asked eight oil-field companies to disclose the chemicals they’ve used and the wells they’ve drilled in over the past four years. Last week, Waxman also revealed two of the largest gas drilling companies have pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel-based fluids into the ground in violation of a voluntary agreement with the Environmental Protection...
    February 23, 2010 | Story
  • Freedomriders-double
    The International Civil Rights Center and Museum opens today in Greensboro, North Carolina at the site of the historic 1960 Woolworth’s sit-in. To mark the start of Black History Month, we turn to the story of another group of young people who were inspired by the success of the nonviolent strategy of the Greensboro sit-in. Starting in May of 1961, mixed groups of black and white students began taking interstate buses into the Deep...
    February 01, 2010 | Story
  • Sundanceweb
    As we broadcast from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, we look at its documentary film program that focuses on stories of human rights, social justice, civil liberties and freedom of expression. This year the festival includes twenty-eight feature-length documentaries from the United States and around the world. They feature a wide range of subjects, including an abortion clinic in Florida, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard,...
    January 29, 2010 | Story
  • Abramoff_web
    As a Supreme Court ruling opens the floodgates for corporations to affect elections, we take a look at corporate money and politics with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. His new documentary, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, focuses on the rise and fall of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. We also speak with David Sickey, a member of the Tribal Council of the Coushatta Tribe, and Tom Rodgers, a lobbyist and...
    January 27, 2010 | Story
  • Michael-moore-democracynow
    Filmmaker Michael Moore joins us for a wide-ranging interview about Haiti, the Supreme Court decision on corporate campaign financing, President Obama’s first year in office, the Democrats, and much more. "[The Democrats] don’t have the guts. They don’t have the courage of their own convictions. They’re disgusting. I’m embarrassed," Moore says. "I want really nothing to do with them. And if they...
    January 26, 2010 | Story
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    Democracy Now! broadcasts from Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival, the nation’s largest festival for independent cinema. Today, we spend the hour with Robert Redford. He’s well known as an actor, but part and parcel of who he is is an activist. He took his success and leveraged it to promote his real passions: environmental justice, Native American rights and independent filmmaking. Since 1980, through the Sundance Film...
    January 25, 2010 | Story
  • Democracynow-haiti
    We take a journey to the epicenter of the earthquake in Haiti. We go from Port-au-Prince, through Carrefour and Gressier to Léogâne. Earthquake survivors talk about the lack of any outside help as they continue to dig out their dead from the rubble and bury them in mass graves. [includes rush transcript]
    January 22, 2010 | Story
  • Anti-corporate pranksters and gonzo political activists the Yes Men are back with a new film, The Yes Men Fix the World. The movie follows Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno as they infiltrate and expose the world of big business through high-profile outrageous pranks. From ExxonMobil to Halliburton, no industry is too big for the Yes Men’s hoaxes. [includes rush transcript]
    July 23, 2009 | Story
  • As the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we speak with the makers of a new film that takes an inside look at the disaster and the many forms of devastation that followed. Trouble the Water follows a couple from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and their return home two weeks after the hurricane. It begins with footage shot by the couple, who documented the approach of the hurricane and the moment the floodwaters began to rise....
    August 22, 2008 | Story