Vancouver filmmaker Corey Ogilvie says he and producer Andrew Halliwell made a documentary about the Occupy movement because they were afraid no one else would do it.
Occupy The Movie, which opens the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on Friday (May 3) at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street), contextualizes the Occupy movement and features interviews with left-wing intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Cornel West, journalist Chris Hedges, and many others.
In a phone interview with the Straight from Toronto, Ogilvie said that Hedges provided an intellectual foundation for the Occupy movement by successfully challenging President Barack Obama in court over legislation allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens suspected of communicating with terrorists.
“Occupiers were labelled as terrorists in the FBI documents,” Ogilvie pointed out. “It’s in plain sight now. It’s not a conspiracy theory.”
He noted that some in the mainstream media portrayed protesters as not only terrorists, but also as fanatics, drug users, and Marxists. But Ogilvie insisted that Occupiers were not interested in a violent revolution.
“They don’t want a socialist, Marxist, Communist state,” Ogilvie claimed. “They just want a fair playing field.”
Most importantly, he said, the Occupy protests helped make the public aware of the unfairness in taxation and distribution of wealth.
He was interested to learn that on the eve of a provincial election, both the B.C. Liberals and NDP have supported boosting corporate taxes and personal-income taxes on high-income earners.
“Hopefully, politicians here took note,” Ogilvie said. “With the conservatives in the U.S., it’s ridiculous—no more taxes—it’s such a broken record. There’s no such thing as balance with them.”
The film also screens on Tuesday (May 7) at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) and next Saturday (May 11) at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street).