Here is a link to the transcript from this chat on Storify: https://storify.com/laurelhitchcock/student-documentary-movie-night-2-25-16-inequality/preview.
Social work students (and everyone else) from across the country are welcome to participate in a student-focused chat about income equality. Join us for a live, interactive event in which social work professors Jimmy Young, of the California State University San Marcos, and Laurel Hitchcock, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will facilitate a live discussion about the documentary film Inequality for All on Thursday, February 25th at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST).
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with social work students, educators and practitioners from around the world. To participate:
- Watch the documentary Inequality for All. See below for information on how to access the movie.
- Your instructor may ask you to write a brief statement about your reaction to the movie.
- Participate in the live Twitter chat using the hashtag #MacroSW. Tweet any questions or responses directed to the moderators and social work professors Jimmy Young (@JimmySW) and Laurel Hitchcock (@laurelhitchcock). Include #MacroSW in all of your tweets.
- Following the live chat, your instructor may also ask you to write a brief self-reflection essay about your experience of participating in this event.
The written parts of the assignment are optional and are not required to participate. However, we do encourage you to take some time to reflect upon what you learn from the film and the topics that are discussed in the chat. How might they inform your future social work practice?
To Access the Film:
The film is available for streaming from iTunes and Amazon Prime. You can still request the DVD from Netflix.
Alternatively, you can watch this interview between Bill Moyers and Robert Reich discussing the film:
About the Film: Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film that examines the widening income gap in the United States. Using the stories of real people and real lives, the narrative explores the effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S. economy but also on democracy itself. Presented by American economist, author and professor Robert Reich, the film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.
Questions for the live chat:
- What is happening today in terms of distribution of wealth? Why is it happening? What do you see happening and what are the causes?
- When do you think inequality becomes a problem?
- If the government sets the rules for how the market functions, who do these rules benefit or hurt?
- Who is looking out for the American worker? Who do you think should be and what could be done?
- After watching the film, do you agree/disagree with the idea of equal opportunity and the American Dream?
- What do you think most Americans don’t realize about income Inequality?
- What single word best describes how the film made you feel?
- What’s next? How do we as social workers address inequality or move forward?
If you are an educator wanting to incorporate this chat as an assignment in your class, please click here for details. We hope you can join us! Please contact Jimmy or Laurel if you plan to have your class or maybe student groups participate in the chat. They will also welcome your questions.