Luther screens 'Waking the Sleeping Giant' documentary

The Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities is hosting the documentary screening of "Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

"Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution" is a 2017 documentary that explores the burgeoning progressive movement by following the struggles of five individuals around the time of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Featuring the people who enable a functional democracy, the documentary follows Senator Bernie Sanders, a West Virginian legislative candidate, a Los Angeles activist, and two millennial campaign finance demonstration organizers. Delving into the issues of racial injustice, disparity of wealth and the role of money, the documentary strives to make sense of the election's outcome and give hope to those committed to a progressive ideology.

At Luther's screening, filmmaker Jacob Smith will introduce the film and explain the making of the documentary. After the film, he will be free to answer audience questions.

Smith, an award-winning filmmaker with experience in American politics, has previously worked as a mayor and a U.S. Senate staffer. He has served recently as the vice-president of campaigns with a Colorado nonprofit organization and a principal with Purple Frog Productions. His film credits include "Chasing Rabbits" where he served as director and co-writer, 2016, and "48 Hours in Baltimore" where he was producer and director, 2015.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.