Charlie vs. Goliath
“A modern-day Frank Capra story, Charlie vs Goliath will make you feel a twinge of guilt every time you doubt the capacity of the common people to initiate change.” - Boston Globe
‘Charlie vs. Goliath’ profiles the senatorial campaign of a true political outsider." - IndieWire
“One man’s battle to take on the political establishment and [showing] you can win in politics without discarding your values... Powerful, passionate, and frequently very funny.” - The Independent (UK)
- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
- Dances With Films Festival
- Sun Valley Film Festival
- Buffalo International Film Festival
Money and Politics has long been an American conundrum, increasingly threatening the fundamentals of democracy and the plea for social justice. This award-winning documentary manifests the urgency of this discussion through the story of a penniless 75-year-old former priest who runs a quixotic campaign to win a US Senate seat in Wyoming, ultimately inspiring a ragged band of idealistic volunteers determined to shake up the political establishment and reclaim the democratic essence of the election process.
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 or the US Senate. His Republican opponent has a $3 million war chest, and Charlie’s advisors 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.
The film provides an intimate portrayal of this resolute and uniquely charismatic septuagenarian while revealing an inside look at a campaign fueled by hope rather than money. Challenging the belief that our political process is fair and democratic, Charlie vs Goliath explores the question of how an honest and sincere person without money can make a difference running for higher office, and more broadly, whether, in the spirit of Don Quixote, it is worth fighting an unbeatable foe and dreaming an impossible dream.
Charlie vs Goliath has profound relevance given this new “Trumpian” era of US politics. It is not only one of the only character-driven films in recent years to take on the issue of money’s corrupting influence over US politics. At its heart, the documentary is a story about the power of hope even when all seems lost and the importance of optimism no matter how bleak the circumstances. The film is not an exposé on what’s wrong, but rather a call to action to fight for what’s right, a message that is so crucial in these cynical times.
“This film is truly inspiring. It powerfully tells the story of how a US Senate candidate and his campaign sought to make the issue of money in politics front and center, and it invites all of us to stand up and join the movement to reclaim our democracy.” - John Bonifaz, President, Free Speech for People
80 Minutes | English.
Directed by: Reed Lindsay
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