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Robert Greenwald is a producer, director, political activist, and the founder of Brave New Films, which uses moving images to educate and empower viewers to take action on issues that matter. [www.robertgreenwald.org]

PostGREENWALD

What’s meaningful to me is finding ways I or we at Brave New Films can have an impact on the issues of the day, in the broad sense, and on people’s individual lives, in a very specific sense.

Politics and policy affect us in profound and very specific ways. Living in a home or being homeless, being able to feed your family or not, losing someone who’s been killed in a war – all fall under the heading of politics, but are also deeply personal. I work on issues that have the possibility of changing lives. I feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility about the potential of what we’re doing with the films we create – wanting to do it as well as we possibly can, knowing the stakes that are involved.

Our work focuses on social justice issues, particularly the economic disparities in the United States and the reasons for them. We look at the system itself – the laws, legislation, and tax rules that contribute to creating those disparities.

We also work on projects in other countries. Right now we’re working on a social justice project in Afghanistan which we’re calling a real-time documentary. When we finish a section of the film, we put the short clips online for people to see. The film has been screened more than 1200 times and the film and clips have been seen by almost a million people.

The effects of what we do come back to me in a number of ways. Through the wonders of the Internet, we hear from people – by email and on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. People even write old-fashioned letters to us. Also, I see the effects of our work in the interactions I have with people when I speak to groups, whether in person or digitally. The impact of our work in Afghanistan reaches us when people there send notes to soldiers, policy experts, and economists. People want to participate in the work we’re doing.

I love making films and I had a career in the world of film and TV. Now I’m fortunate to be a full-time volunteer, to spend my time making an impact with films that affect political policies and the lives of individual people, offering education and inspiring action.

– Robert Greenwald

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