We're Not Broke
Failing economies = austerity measures = cutbacks in social programs + job creation trumping environmental protection. Is this the big lie? Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes’ hard-nosed polemic squares off with the American corporations that gallingly shirk their duties as taxpayers. By booking profits offshore that should really be accounted for in America, many multinational corporations, like Exxon, Google and Bank of America, are cheating Americans out of an estimated $100 billion a year. This has largely gone unreported by the mainstream media, so in 2011 a group of seven citizens decided to do something about it. Forming a grassroots movement known as US Uncut, their avowed mission is to call out corporate tax dodgers and make them pay their fair share. (US Uncut took inspiration from UK Uncut, which is a major presence there; Canada, too, has a burgeoning movement).
Bruce and Hayes introduce us to the seven founders and interweave their stories with the creative activism they’ve undertaken to protest Bank of America, Apple and FedEx. To argue that the offshore tax havens are "legal" is to turn a blind eye to the cozy relationship between politicians and the corporations they rely on for donations, they say. By bringing this hidden story to public attention, US Uncut—and Brice and Hayes—believe in the possibility of change. So while the machinations of multinationals will leave you seething, the film also offers an inspirational view of informed activism.