Inequality For All

( USA / 2013 )
"We make the rules of the economy - and we have the power to change those rules." - Robert Reich
A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member - as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.
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Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 86 min.
Theme: Activism, Business, Current Affairs, Economy, Education, Law and Justice, Politics, Poverty see all »
Language(s): English
Director(s): Jacob Kornbluth
Producer(s): Sebastian Dungan, Jen Chaiken
Available regions: Canada, United States
Inequality For All


  • "If you're looking for a streamlined explanation for the mess the U.S economy's in, and how we might get out, it's as good a place to start as any."
    The Wrap
  • "…leads us through a sharp-eyed essay-meditation on the rising trend of income inequality."
    Entertainment Weekly
  • "a must-see movie"
    Huffington Post
  • "intelligent, persuasive and accessible, a gentle but urgent clarion call to action"
    Toronto Star

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  • Movies in the Age of Obama: The Era of Post-Racial and Neo-Racist Cinema, edited by David Garrett Izzo
    "Inequality for All was released in September 2013, exactly five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and two years after the launch of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. The transposition of the book to the screen is justified by its effectiveness in conveying the biographical origins of Reich's political and intellectual interests, and by its use of dynamic computer graphics to illustrate the economic trends Reich describes, and by the opportunity it provides to ordinary Americans to tell their own stories, in their own words"
  • Rewriting the call to charity: From food shelf volunteer to food justice advocate, by Beth A. Dixon
    "The documentary film Inequality for All (Kornbluth, 2013) profiles the structural conditions of inequality by identifying rising costs in housing, health care, higher education, and child care together with stagnating wage increases. These conditions are not presented as inevitable market forces, but as a consequence of corporate profits and lobbying that secure wealth for a few by keeping labor costs and wages down for many."
  • The Psychology of Eroding Middle Classes, by Joana Stella Kompa
    "Reich reconstructs meticulously how the decline of the American middle-class started end of the 70s with stagnating wages while general living costs such as costs for education, healthcare, housing and transport kept on rising. Families struggled to compensate with double-income earning, working overtime and ultimately getting deep into debt which led to the financial crash in 2008."
  • Saving Capitalism For the Many, Not the Few, by Robert B. Reich
  • Aftershock The Next Economy and America's Future, by Robert B. Reich
  • Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it, by Robert B. Reich
  • Supercapitalism The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, by Robert B. Reich
  • Reason Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, by Robert B. Reich
  • Locked in the Cabinet A memoir of four years as Secretary of Labor, by Robert B. Reich

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awards & accolades

  • Sundance Film Festival - U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking

Festival participation

  • Sundance Film Festival 2013
  • Los Angeles Film Festival 2013
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2013
  • Tribeca Film Festival 2013
  • March on Washington Film Festival 2014
  • Movies that Matter Film Festival 2013
  • Zurich Film Festival 2013

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