A screening of the documentary Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? at the Laemmle Noho 7 theater on August 19th at 1pm will be followed by a Q&A with co-director Donald Goldmacher and an expert from the film.
Heist exposes the roots of the American economic crisis and the destruction of the American dream. With clear, fact-driven storytelling, Heist unflinchingly reveals the hollowing out of the U.S. economy – the result of four decades of deregulation, massive job outsourcing, and tax policies favoring mega-corporations and wealthy elites. Beginning with background on the New Deal, the film explores how FDR’s progressive policies were derailed by Ronald Reagan and subsequent presidential administrations, benefiting only the wealthiest investors and CEOs.Through expert testimony, investigative filmmaking and key archival footage, Heist unfolds critical historical background, beginning with the dismantling of FDR’s New Deal, uncovering the ideological influence of the infamous Powell Memo and the Heritage Foundation’s Mandate for Leadership on government reform, and traces both Republican and Democratic allegiance to big business” (Laemmle film summary).