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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Home
    Outline Filmmakers Statements Staff Q A Contact Us Glossary Links Partners Supporters Series Outline Shop Tickets Our new film Immigration Battle is streaming now on FRONTLINE hdwn Story The Epidavros Project Sign up to stay current on the latest news

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Story | The Game Is On
    into front page news igniting a national debate over immigration The moment seems like an incredible alignment of the stars as advocates maneuver politicians to move further and faster Then 9 11 attacks shatter those hopes But around the country the issue lingers into November s local elections A heated city council race in Iowa tells a personal story about political engagement in difficult times and previews the battle to

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | About
    we had to find a way to talk about what we had in mind that made it seem like a good idea good enough to be worth the almost insane risk to them and their bosses Something that would soften the horror Our films always end up being a collaboration with the people we re filming so we like to be very clear about what we intend to do When it came down to describing the idea we had in mind this time the simplest and truest phrase was this how democracy works now That seemed to sum it up we wanted to look into that black box between elections and legislation and understand what sorts of collaborations and pathways were actually there We kept kicking this idea around between ourselves trying to think of a way to say it that sounded like a film title And in the end we just couldn t wait to come up with the right title so we started explaining ourselves in the plainest terms possible using the actual idea as the provisional title How Democracy Works Now How Democracy Works Now sounds laughably earnest it s true It s a title only an

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Participants
    Outline Filmmakers Statements Staff Q A Contact Us Glossary Links Partners Supporters Series Outline Shop Tickets PARTICIPANTS Our Friends Here are some of the folks we filmed with The Epidavros Project Sign up to stay current on the latest news

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Press
    are still on the job Stuart Anderson Forbes com The Greatest Films On Government Ever Made Without question How Democracy Works Now is the best documentary film series on government ever produced There is nothing even close Viewers are inside the room as key Senate staffers meet with one another and their Senators to craft legislation We are there when advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum meet with Senators and Congressional staff In short viewers go where they have never gone before David R Ayón The Source Migration Policy Institute Capitol Vérité Inside Immigration Policymaking How Democracy Works Now is truly a landmark in political documentary filmmaking The series as a whole is an education in itself presenting virtually every angle actor and significant moment in one of the key unresolved policy disputes of our time Detailed and nuanced portraits of individual legislators and advocates emerge in a vital rendering of policy and politics as an intensely human enterprise Given the centrality of immigration to our national identity this series is ultimately a window not only on American politics but on the character of the country John Mollenkopf Center for Urban Research Graduate Center CUNY The Source MPI Backstage Pass Q A with Makers of Acclaimed Fascinating Documentary on US Immigration Debate The How Democracy Works Now films take a remarkably candid insightful and thorough look at how the American legislative process has treated the issue of immigration policy reform and provide a valuable tool for anyone teaching or studying the politics of policy formation or immigration policy David A Martin Univ of Virginia School of Law The Source Migration Policy Institute Backstage Pass Q A with Makers of Acclaimed Fascinating Documentary on US Immigration Debate Anyone who watches How Democracy Works Now is immediately drawn into the mysteries strategies

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Events
    Glossary Links Partners Supporters Series Outline Shop Tickets We are delighted to announce our return to this year s New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center A portrait of an American original wheeling and dealing in the heart of Republican Washington More loyal to immigrants than to Democrats Two screenings only October 8th and 9th to be notified of upcoming events and news Sign up now The Epidavros Project Sign

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Series Outline
    2002 The Border Security Bill is now law Kennedy Brownback and staffers Esther and David are eager to move on immigration but the fight over creation of a Department of Homeland Security eats up the summer Once Republicans take the Senate in November midterms Senator Brownback goes into cycle with his own re election campaign Committee choices for the next Congress loom and immigration is not playing well in Kansas Will one of the Senate s most compassionate advocates decide to give up the Judiciary Committee and his upcoming chairmanship of the Immigration Sub committee Back to Top Story 5 The Kids Across the Hill Winter 2003 As the new Congress begins a lot of people have ideas about an immigration bill For pro immigration advocates the best bet remains Kennedy s plan Across the Hill in the House young staffers for two Republican congressmen from Arizona Jim Kolbe and Jeff Flake are quietly crafting something that sounds very different a revolutionary guestworker bill with a path to citizenship Esther s not too worried as long as their bill is Republican only but once her rivals begin courting a Democrat the race is on Suddenly Esther s got a crisis on her hands Back to Top Story 6 Marking Up the Dream October 2003 High school students stage a mock graduation ceremony on the Capitol lawn Next day the DREAM Act gets a chance Because DREAM is a small bipartisan bill to help kids supporters are optimistic But anti immigrant groups see it as amnesty for illegals The Senate Judiciary Committee markup is heated After two weeks an amended version is finally recommended for full Senate debate But what exactly did Senators agree to in the confusing markup The bill s final language must still be defined by opposing staffers Will they negotiate a deal before it s too late Back to Top Story 7 Ain t the AFL for Nothin Fall 2003 Esther Senator Kennedy s Immigration Counsel has plenty of reasons to worry She s got 8 weeks to accomplish a small miracle get business and labor to agree on a comprehensive immigration deal and find a Republican to co sponsor it in the Senate Driving cross country the Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride buses are coming to lobby Congress creating a very public impression that unions support Kennedy But Esther learns forces inside the AFL CIO are working to derail her bill Years of work and the future of millions of families are riding on one conversation Back to Top Story 8 The Road to Miami January 2004 The White House looks as though it has abandoned immigration reform But labor s opposition has also derailed Kennedy s bill creating a political opening for Republicans in an election year when the Latino vote could be key President Bush gives a strong speech on immigration highlighting last summer s Arizona model and redefining the national debate The pro immigration community is divided Advocate Frank Sharry determines to forge a

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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Filmmakers' Statements
    right then in Iowa of course But with the how democracy works now perspective following the local City Council race in Mason City became our first object lesson in the big construct that ended up being the M O of the series and every film in it The complicated ways that quite personal stories particular immediate contexts and histories accidents and coincidence play into an abstractly articulated framework of broad social policy goals and specific political aims to become the material of democracy that s what we ended up filming and eventually editing to make these films We went back to Washington after the November elections in Iowa and began our series of introductions and persuasion assaults again It wasn t exactly easy going but it was fascinating Gradually things began to melt a bit and by winter 2002 we were on the way We started following the immigration issue again in the very generous office of Senator Sam Brownback and began to spread from there to other offices in the Senate When Senator Ted Kennedy agreed to participate and help us with the project a month or so later we were truly on the way The plan was to travel between Capitol Hill and the rest of the country as stories took us there If we were willing to take the risk we had the luxury of following whatever seemed to be happening And it was amazing exactly how it was that one thing led to another As we began to understand the political reality surrounding the immigration reform issue we branched out to film things that were not specifically immigration like primary campaigns and inter office politics because they had a direct bearing on other things that were Very soon we were in way over our heads It was great And we felt immensely privileged because no one ever sees this quite this way It s too huge too sprawling far too random and entropic As filmmakers we began by wanting to understand it and pass that on but we had no idea it would be so rich so necessarily reducible to small stories individual lives personal aspirations that intersect and cross back in all sorts of beautiful unexpected ways And we surely had no idea how much we had to learn We kept at it for another 5 years We learned how local and state elections and ballot campaigns can be used to influence the Congress we saw how personal rivalries could turn an organized movement to confusion we got an education in ways the procedural rules of the Senate used deftly can have enormous impact on the daily lives of average Americans we learned the mysteriously powerful craft of media training and the mastery of talking points We saw a few things that surprised us too how a Senator might decide to change a vote as a result of just a few dozen constituent calls how deep the relationships between people on opposite sides of an

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