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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Story | Brothers and Rivals
    10 Brothers and Rivals Fall 2004 Spring 2005 Congressmen Kolbe and Flake both face determined opponents who capitalize on Arizona anger over amnesty for illegals Their very different campaigns both hot and colorful leave the winners vowing to do something about immigration By winter staffers for Kennedy McCain Kolbe Flake and Democrat Luis Gutierrez settle down to write a new bill The story of the first bipartisan bicameral Comprehensive Immigration

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/story/brothers-and-rivals (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Story | The Senate Speaks
    bill in history Finally the Senate tackles immigration reform and a markup begins Millions of people take to the streets and at last a bi partisan Kennedy McCain bill goes to the Senate floor But leaders in both parties seem to want an election issue not a bill Advocates smell a double cross and go public with an attack Public pressure gets the bill back to the floor Credits Shari

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/story/the-senate-speaks (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Story | The Senators' Bargain | Last Best Chance
    great things But Senator Kennedy has losthis partner Senator McCain to presidential primaries and Republicans now put a very different offer on the table Deep at the heart of this fast moving story lies a moral tale of modern American politics Ted Kennedy one of the handful of people who through his personal efforts truly changed the face of America must decide how much does he want this deal and

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/story/last-best-chance (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Staff Guide | Shari Robertson
    Center in Santa Fe NM not so far from Alamogordo where I d grown up But it was back in East Texas where my family is really from that I first learned a lot of the observational and performance skills needed for documentaries from the southern ladies who were my relatives and family friends When I finally was introduced to ethnographic film and the work of masters like Jean Rouch much later it all made sense This business turned out to be a wonderful way to learn about the world first with real anthropologists for almost a year spent with the Bosavi people in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea and couple of years later directing a run of films for English and European TV that began with the camps on the Thai Cambodian border and moved successively into Cambodia to examine the reasons for the Khmer Rouge years I co founded my first production company Ophidian Films with anthropologist David Feingold in Bangkok From Southeast Asia the next serious project for Ophidian and the first time I worked with Michael as the shooter was the US War on Drugs in Peru at a time when the Maoist guerilla group Sendero Luminoso was at its height Michael and I started a company together after that We wanted to combine our experience and do a series of films on the big questions that arose once people were moving across borders and around the world as a result of the end of the Cold War We were still trying to fund that idea when the opportunity to make a film for The Forum Of African Women Educationalists came up These Girls Are Missing which we shot in Malawi and Guinea looks at the deep social and cultural reasons so few girls

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/staff/shari-robertson (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Staff Guide | Michael Camerini
    give And I had to learn to be modest about how much I understood It taught me how to collaborate with insiders and how not to forget the limitations as well as the benefits of being an outsider It came naturally I suppose I grew up as an immigrant first in Rio then in Madison Wisconsin I went on to make almost a dozen documentary films in India teaching myself the technology of filmmaking but really trying to create a style I found it finally with Dadi s Family produced with a half American half Indian crew that within itself represented perhaps a dozen different ways to be insider and outsider On Dadi my co director was a great Indian documentarian Rina Gill and my friend Pramod Mathur was co cinematographer The great revelation for me then came in making my first real documentary in the US Born Again It turned out that all the skills that made for good filming in a village in Haryana also applied in Worcester Mass It s always easier to be generous and affectionate toward film subjects who are very different from oneself much harder with those who seem opposed to us within our

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/staff/michael-camerini (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Filmmakers' Statements
    problem At the beginning of 2001 they hit on a solution They called it the Grand Bargain an agreement that would bring the system into harmony with reality and they said solve illegal immigration The deal would also inevitably change the rules of the game for everyone Now the problem was how to turn that idea into the law of the land The bargain was great except it required each of the big players in immigration to give up something to get what they wanted Business labor and immigrants rights advocates all had to be partners And because the bargain was so all encompassing everyone understood it had to be bipartisan For the Grand Bargain to become law Democrats and Republicans had to make the deal with the other groups together So you might say as the century began they had dreamed up the perfect test of our whole democratic process This Series is the story of that test Comprehensive Immigration Reform The Executive Summary The Grand Bargain is called Comprehensive Immigration Reform and it re imagines the whole immigration system The goal is to create enough visas for the workers the economy needs no more and then make it easy for them to come to work legally If workers decide to stay in the US there would be rules and a fair system to make that possible for some Security wise the orderly plan would make it much easier to concentrate on the tiny number of terrorists coming to do us harm The plan has four interlocking parts Tougher enforcement at the Border The idea would be to limit migration to only those people holding valid visas All other access would be denied The Advocates hate this Labor likes it Tougher Enforcement at the Workplace Once business has a

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/filmmakers-statements/michael-camerini-statement (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Staff Guide | Rachel Salmon
    Rachel knows you and is looking out for you We sometimes thought her job was far harder than ours we would return home to New York with stories masses of footage and no notes there was no assistant and it was Rachel s task to make order and to synthesize She had to become both the projectâ s technical wizard designing and managing a complex data base system and also its resident scholar and intellectual absorbing reams of background material position papers drafts of bills Along the way she fell in love with a fellow filmmaker Aaron Mathes with the system of American Democracy and in her own way with Sen Robert Byrd It was Rachel s job to keep an eye on the big picture She had to give the advanced degree lecture on our complex story to each new editor and associate producer educate and supervise a growing staff and help us make an organic and integrated series out of the scraps and fragmentary adventures our camera brought back to her She s been spooky at times One of us would say Oh hey didn t we shoot something like that a couple of years ago and Rachel

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/staff/rachel-salmon (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Staff Guide | Mark Juergens
    strangers Finally Michael took pity on me They re the characters in this other project we re working on Excuse me They re the main characters in a series we ve been shooting since 2001 I think I babbled for a bit Then I had him repeat himself But I d heard correctly Instead of some documentaries where there might be three main characters this series would have over a hundred Instead of capturing everything in a few days or weeks or months of shooting they d continued on for years And though they had clear ideas about the stories the films would tell they were open to see what direction this mountain of footage would suggest What they were doing sounded more like an expedition than the usual tidy pitch for a film I felt I d already seen I liked that their films might be equally unsettling whether you were a liberal or conservative And I liked that after years of wandering DC they hadn t grown cynical In fact they seemed to be seduced both by the promise and heartbreak of our country making these halting painful decisions in the way we do as a nation I

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/staff/mark-juergens (2016-04-27)
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