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June 18, 2015-August 15, 2019


"Power to Heal ", August 15, 2019

"Power to Heal" is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.
Missourians for Single Payer (MOSP), a non-partisan advocacy organization. No political party is immune from criticism in this documentary.


The Brainwashing of my Dad”, August 16, 2018

“The Brainwashing of My Dad” is a 2015 documentary film directed by Jen Senko. Jen Senko, a documentary filmmaker, looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of talk radio on a lengthened commute to work. In trying to understand this, she not only finds this to be a phenomenon, but also uncovers some of the forces behind it. 
This documentary shines a light on how the media and the nation changed, and questions who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.
The film has an interesting segment on the neurology of the phenomenon, how alarm is addictive, how repetition of the same messages transforms the brain.

In addition to telling her own family’s story, Ms. Senko invited video submissions from others who have had similar experiences with loved ones, providing the film’s most heartfelt moments. The nastiness that has been brought out into the open by the recent presidential campaign demonstrates that hatred and suspicion are more endemic than a collection of personal stories suggests.


Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink”, July 19, 2018

“Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink” explores why Americans are sicker than they should be, poorer than they ought to be and less safe than they deserve to be. This documentary explores the effects of money in politics, dark money, Citizens United, the revolving door as well as common sense solutions that will get our democracy back on track. From the creators of "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point" and "Big Pharma: Market Failure".


Bowling for Columbine”, May 17, 2018

Bowling for Columbine”, is Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary from 2002. This relevant film explores America’s love for guns, and studies the massacre at Columbine High School, a tragedy which has recurred at our schools up to the present day. Michael Moore takes an in-depth look at Americans' points of view on the topic of guns. Moore makes you laugh and cry by reflecting on our nation’s social history, our character, values and beliefs.


“Big Pharma: Market Failure”, August 17, 2017

“Big Pharma: Market Failure” is a new documentary film that makes an effective business case for realizable change. This compelling drama reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it. How much do pharma companies really spend on research and development of innovative drugs? Do "free market" principles impact drug prices and control cost? Do the normal rules of business apply to the pharma industry? How do TV ads impact consumers and doctors? If your doctor prescribed a drug on which your life depended, how much would you pay? Here's a link to a two-minute trailer: https://vimeo.com/211750064 

Following the film, Dr. Ed Weisbart, chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, will lead a provocative panel discussion with other local experts. 


Fix It: Making the Business Case for Single Payer”, July, 20, 2017

“Fix It: Making the Business Case for Single Payer” is a short documentary film that describes how American businesses are unable to thrive due to the crippling costs providing health insurance benefits to employees.

Following the film, MoSP Vice President Dr. Pam Gronemeyer, will lead a panel discussion of small business owners, recounting how they must make difficult financial and ethical decisions, balancing the need to make profits while maintaining a healthy workforce.


Capitalism: A Love Story”, June 15, 2017

“Capitalism: A Love Story” is an American documentary film directed, written by, and starring Michael Moore. Filmmaker Michael Moore explores corporate greed, the global economic meltdown, and their disastrous effect on American lives. As he travels from the Heartland to the financial epicenter of New York and the halls of government in Washington, Moore delves into the price our country pays for its love of capitalism. Moore believes American people, who live in the richest country on Earth, deserve a decent job, healthcare, a good education and a home of their own, but never will have these things as long as the evil of capitalism continues to enrich the few at the expense of the many. Moore calls for it to be eliminated and replaced with something good for all people—democracy. 


“Now’s the Time: Healthcare for Everybody”, September 15, 2016

“Now’s the Time: Healthcare for Everybody”, is a new feature film by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg that will influence national and state efforts to bring Single Payer health care to America. Now is the time for single payer, universal health care in the USA. Learn why it is inevitable. http://www.nowsthetimemovie.com/trailer.html 


"The Healthcare Movie", August 18, 2016

Bring a friend to watch & discuss "The Healthcare Movie",a documentary by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, narrated by Kieffer Sutherland.

The battle for universal healthcare in Canada and the U.S. has been an adventure story, fraught with heroes and villains. Why are Americans so afraid of national healthcare? How did two neighboring countries end up taking such different paths? 


"Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point", July 21, 2016

"Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point"makes the compelling case for how a single payer universal health program will help U.S. businesses


"Where to Invade Next", June 16, 2016

"Where to Invade Next" is Michael Moore's sequel to "SickO". Michael Moore invades Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia and Iceland.


Inequality for All”, August 20, 2015

“Inequality for All” is a 2013 documentary film in which Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, shows us the widening income inequality, currently at historic highs, and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the U. S. economy but also on American democracy.

What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health? Although America is the wealthiest country in the world, we continue to fight to keep our earned benefits, Medicare and Social Security, the backbone of our social safety net.

Our poor suffer more and die sooner than in other industrialized country. Health insurance premiums are to increase by 20-40 percent, while out of pocket costs, co- pays and deductibles for care will also increase. Meanwhile, health insurance companies CEOs’ annual compensation ranges from $66.1 million (United health Care) to a puny $8.1 million (Anthem). "The choice ahead for us is a private health insurance monopoly or single payer."...Robert Reich


“Sicko”, July 16, 2015

Sicko”, an award-winning documentary by American filmmaker, Michael Moore, investigates health care in the United States, health insurance, and the pharmaceutical industry. The movie compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care programs of Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Cuba. According to Sicko, insured Americans are often victims of insurance company red tape and fraud. Sicko notes that the U.S. health care system is ranked 37 out of 191 by the World Health Organization with health measures such as infant mortality and life expectancy.


“The Spirit of ’45”, June 18, 2015

“The Spirit of '45” is a documentary by British director Ken Loach, which examines the victory of the Labour Party in the UK following the end of WWII and the subsequent setting up of the National Health Service (NHS), public housing initiatives, nationalization of key levers of transport and natural resources, and the rapid transportation of the status quo of British politics. In a country like ours, where we still lack quality, universal health care for all, the interviews from participants in the events of those tumultuous years in Britain echo lessons down to us across the years and the ocean. Introducing the film is Josh Lucker, one of the founders of the Campaign for a Mass Party of Labor (CMPL).