This fast paced documentary begins with the late night arrest of 8 individuals occupying De La Guerra Plaza and ends inside the Santa Barbara courthouse as their first trials begin.
In between . . .
Crowds of supporters marching on State Street, an up-close look at Santa Barbaras income inequality, news reports of the Occupy movement throughout the United States and abroad along with shots of famous politicians and personalities criticizing or praising the movement.
The film highlights three unique individuals:
- Anni, 20s, college student: The Santa Barbara Police Department was the first police department to arrest anyone in conjunction with this movement nation wide just for occupying a public space. That is my dubious honor.
- Robert, 60s, pro-bono lawyer for OSB, speaking in front of hundreds before a Saturday march: Occupy is an idea that can not be jailed. They can jail some of the people some of the time, but they cant jail 99% of the people all of the time.
- Marshall, 30s, activist and organizer: We believe that ultimately the first amendment gives us the right to occupy any public space in peaceful protest as long as were not doing anything violent . . .
Robert gets the films final word: The trials will go on, this movement will continue, and the occupiers will not go away. This movement will grow. It is the beginning of something very different. Politics have been transformed by this particular word: Occupy, Occupy. It is an idea not a place.