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Movie Screening: Charlie vs Goliath
October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm$5.00
Tired of big money in politics? Join others who are to see this award-winning independent documentary of a real example of it in Wyoming.
Charlie vs Goliath is a feature-length documentary about an ordinary man’s extraordinary struggle to shake up the political establishment. It would be hard to find a more unlikely candidate than Charlie Hardy, a 75-year-old penniless former Catholic priest who spent nearly a decade serving the poor while living in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan slum. In 2011, Charlie returns to his hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is shocked to see poverty, hunger and homelessness.
After being snubbed by his congressional representatives, Charlie decides to run for office himself in 2014 and manages to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the US Senate. His Republican opponent has a $3 million war chest, and Charlie’s advisers urge him to focus his efforts on fundraising. Instead, Charlie rejects money from special interests and makes campaign finance reform a key part of his platform. The election is considered the most lopsided in the country and his friends say he is “tilting at windmills.” But Charlie is convinced he will triumph even with all the cards stacked against him. A 21st century Don Quixote, Charlie galvanizes a ragged band of young volunteers determined to make waves in Wyoming’s elections, and in so doing set a precedent for the rest of the country.
Suggested donation $5 at the door. Social gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. and film begins at 7:00 p.m.
Q&A after the film led by Bruce Berlin and John House of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. This event is co-sponsored by NMMOP & Indivisible Santa Fe.
Parking is limited onsite but is available on the street and in the parking lot at Brewer Oil, 1404 Cerrillos Road just down the street.