Movies that Matter: Waking the Sleeping Giant

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Join us at the Underground Cinema by WVIFF for December's Movie That Matter Mondays film:

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution

About the film:

The story of the attempt to build a 21st century progressive movement in the United States. Five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic inequality, and the corrupting influence of money in politics that shaped this extraordinary election cycle.

From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this singular moment in American politics, probing the widespread discontent of the past two years, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those hoping to build a re-energized progressive movement.

About the series:


WVIFF Underground Cinema Presents: Movies That Matter Mondays - Each month, we will work with a community organization to show an issue-oriented and compelling film relating to their mission. At one screening of the film, the community organization will participate in a discussion with the audience. This will be on December 11th for this film. The film will show for the rest of the month on Mondays. Except no screening on December 25th as the Underground Cinema will be closed for the Holidays.


About the community partners:

WV Citizen Action Group - Since 1974, West Virginia Citizen Action Group (WV CAG) has advocated for better public policy, rights of individuals, a clean environment, and a stronger democratic process. Visit for more information

What the Critics are saying:

An examination of the fractured state of American resistance, Giant seriously rouses when it looks at Black Lives Matter or the story of West Virginian Sabrina Shrader, moved to run for state representative from the losing side of the class divide by the Bernie Sanders campaign, also documented here from its earliest days.

-The Georgia Straight


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Underground Cinema 230 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301