Bernie Sanders has spent decades fighting corruption within the American political system, this time taking on the Koch Brothers in Brave News Films‘ documentary Koch Brothers Exposed.
Is Social Security going bankrupt? No. Should the retirement age be raised? No. Bernie refutes the lies about social security in a powerful clip from Brave News Films‘ documentary: Koch Brothers Exposed.
The film was described by Brave New Films on their website as follows: “Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch—two of the world’s richest and most powerful men–is from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald. The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.”
Originally released in 2012, Koch Brothers Exposed was subsequently made available to over 50 million homes via cable and satellite, and Brave New Films also partnered with groups and organizations to include progressive media outs who screened the documentary in churches, community groups and homes throughout the country.
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald spoke with Salon about the film’s unique distribution at the time of it’s initial release:
There will be the 40-plus groups — and they’ve been critical to every undertaking we do. There will be progressive media, led by AlterNet, which have been, as on every single film, extraordinary partners. [Progressive] radio stations and televisions and the Huffington Post — there’s been all kinds of places where attention has been given to the specific campaigns [such as Rethinking Afghanistan and Wal-Mart]. Then there is the very, very active Facebook presence, and lots of work using Twitter, of course. And then in what’s going to be a major breakthrough, we’re going to be in somewhere between 50 and 60 million homes with streaming and video-on-demand (via cable and satellite networks). That doesn’t mean that all 60 million people are going to watch it, but it’s going to be an option.
On May 20, 2014 Brave New Films re-released Koch Brothers Exposed with new features, interviews and additional footage.
Describing the updated version, Brave New Films writes that: “Billionaires David and Charles Koch have been handed the ability to buy our democracy in the form of giant checks to the House, Senate, and soon, possibly even the Presidency.”
“The last time we exposed the Koch Brothers’ dealings to the world we here at Brave New Films wound up in their crosshairs,” they continued. “They produced online ad campaigns attacking us, but, it takes more than a banner ad to slow us down.”
Turning to the updates in the re-release, Brave New Films explains that “We’ve reissued Koch Brothers Exposed in an updated version, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, to shine a light on them. We’ve delved even deeper into where their money is going, who their money is hurting, and how much they are making during this whole process leading up to the 2014 Elections.”
“Two years ago when we made this film very few people knew who the Koch Brothers were or what the Koch Brothers were doing. But now, we so strongly believe that everyone should know what is happening that with your help and donations we are able to offer the film for free. We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to see the truth,” they concluded.
This film is every bit as relevant today as it was the day of its initial release. In the clip below you can watch 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont discussing massive Koch brothers corruptions regarding Social Security. [You can click at the beginning of the running timeline at the bottom of the clip to see the film in its entirety.]