Still Berning

2016 ,    »  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 7.28/10 from 68 users.

The 2016 United States presidential election was marked by an unprecedented tone of bitterness, gossip and hate-mongering. In spite of these elements of divisiveness, the vast majority of American voters seemed to share a central desire: the end of establishment politics. For many, the figurehead of this movement was Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and self-described "democratic socialist" who narrowly lost the Democratic Party's nomination for president.

The documentary Still Berning examines the resonance of Sanders' message, and how the political revolution he inspired may thrive among the masses long after this election season.

The Sanders platform was built upon the notion of giving power back to the people. During his campaign, he advocated for free college tuition, a doubling of the minimum wage, greater income equality, an end to the corporate stronghold over the political process, and a government that is more representative of the people it serves. Younger voters were particularly drawn to this message and drove his meteoric rise on the national stage. In order to tap into this audience and engage them into action, the Sanders camp utilized modern-day digital outreach as a cornerstone of their campaign.

The film features in-depth interviews with some of the most influential figures behind this strategy, including the chief directors of his online digital efforts. A revealing new conversation with Sanders' wife Jane is also featured in the film, during which she reflects on the highs and lows of the campaign, and enthusiastically opines on the crucial steps going forward.

While Sanders' bid for a White House run was ultimately unsuccessful, his mission to transform American politics endures. Our Revolution, a group that was co-founded by Jane Sanders, works to promote continued vigilance in the push for progressive change. As this platform continues to grow, the footprint of the Sanders movement will be assured for many years to come.

Produced by VPRO's highly acclaimed Backlight series, Still Berning is a thoughtful investigation into the appeal of Bernie Sanders and the ideologies that continue to activate his supporters. It's a message that continues to wield great power and influence over American political discourse.

Directed by: Kasper Verkaik

14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. User-1

    "Still Berning" would make an awesome shirt! I hope I can find it!

  2. Ashley
  3. Ashley

    Getting this subtitled for the deaf & hard-of-hearing Berners would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  4. cdnski12
  5. cdnski12

    Come on ... Bernie is 75 ... far too old to be president of the USA. Obama was only 47 when he took office and he says it is exhausting work. I expect Trump will have a heart attack or Stroke due to his physical excesses.

  6. Susan Curtis
  7. Susan Curtis

    No one expects him to run again. That's not the point. He started a movement( revolution).

  8. blackjack
  9. blackjack

    Nothing like seeing some ageism in action. Wait until you get old cdnski12.

  10. Newwordorder
  11. Newwordorder

    The Gutenberg press has joined the horse and carriage. Digital outreach technology has inserted itself into every aspect of life in the global village: the medium is the message.

  12. joe nobull
  13. joe nobull

    anyone that talks or smells like a politician wont get very far in leadership anymore...its not what the people want
    the green parties of the world dont have any career politicians

    google globalgreens they are in just about every country of the world now...unfortunatly mainstream media wont shine any light on them

  14. mike m
  15. mike m

    When trump chumps go cold,
    I'll still be Bernin'

  16. Bret Tutor
  17. Bret Tutor

    The biggest losers in the last 100 years were the Bernie supporters and Bernie is the biggest jack*** I have ever seen. Do your own research on this you lazy b****** google is only a few keystrokes away. Not time to list out why what I am saying is 100% spot on.

  18. stefan
  19. stefan

    @Bret Tutor: A sheep around the neck qualifies for anything

  20. Ballsrog
  21. Ballsrog

    @ stefan, I think he's trying to to say he is a sheep. At least he admits it.

  22. harini
  23. harini

    It is good documentary which will provide good field

  24. mike m
  25. mike m

    bret tutor
    you're not very inteligent, little one

  26. Doug
  27. Doug

    Excellent narration. The young have been mobilized by the bernie movement. Liberal elites in bed with corporations has created a toxic plutocracy which brings down most cultures in time, elites are too arrogant to study history.. the revolution is never televised. Ha! May more of us become politicized and most importantl unite among humane values such as affordable education, health care and just wages.. Our Revolution never ends........

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