THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD Documentary


Following the film, AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson leads a conversation between filmmaker Yael Bridge and producer Morgan Spector.

Socialism… the big scary S word. From the Red Scare to today, being associated with the term has been considered a criminal offense, un-American, or, at the very least, political suicide. But is this really the case? THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD is an exploration of the largely ignored role played by socialism in the mainstream political history of the U.S., as well as its ongoing relationship to protest and social movements.

What are the origins of this ideology and how did its supporters help build this nation? Interviews with thought leaders, Lyft drivers, teachers, lawmakers and others offer a more nuanced and politically practicable understanding of socialism. Watching Yael Bridge’s timely and comprehensive film might leave you seeing that socialism is as American as apple pie — a pie that everyone deserves a slice of. –Eric Moore

Yael Bridge is an Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently, she produced SAVING CAPITALISM, starring former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in Business and Economics.

Yael Bridge


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Yael Bridge

Producers: Yael Bridge, Morgan Spector, Eden Wurmfeld

Director of Photography: Eric Philips-Horst

Editor: Christie Herring

Music: Osei Essed

Cast/Featuring: Adaner Usmani, Eric Foner, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Cornel West, Vivek Chibber, John Nichols

Running Time (minutes): 82

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions