“Inequality for All” offers documentary-styled insight into a damaged and hurting U.S. economy. The dozen or so who checked out the film’s showing Feb. 16 at UWS may have grasped better understandings of an issue faced by millions of Americans today: income inequality.
The film details the accounts of former U.S. Labor Secretary and current University of California-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, who wants to convey the growing gap between income earners and why it’s problematic for Americans — particularly the middle class. The film gives viewers an inside look into the lives of some hit by income inequalities, showcasing their struggles in completing necessary chores (such as filling up the gas tank or securing medical insurance), due in part because they and others don’t get fair financial compensation as hard-working, middle-class citizens.
“Of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of income—and we’re surging toward even greater inequality,” Reich says, which is one of many gripping statements in the film that seemingly kept the audience attentive throughout.
The film uses statistics, charts and graphs to communicate startling—maybe even disturbing—data regarding the history and severity of income inequality in the U.S., and although an argument for hints of liberal bias could be made in some instances, the film’s enlightening argument about an unequal economy is effective mostly by use of data, applying situations that a viewer can relate to, and offering both solutions and optimism to viewers.
Robert Reich’s presentation as a humble, enthusiastic and knowledgeable economist and political figure adds to its riveting content—making for a film worth a look to anyone curious about the damaged relationship between the economy and working-class citizens.