How to Overthrow the US Government (Legally)

  • 79'
  • USA
  • 2020

Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi and member of The Yes Men Jacques Servin decide to teach a class at The New School on how to bring about political change. Not only because of personal interest, but above all because they themselves are out of ideas about this. After the requisite brainstorming sessions, they devise a plan for a web show that records the process from the moment interested students show up.

Like in a reality version of Glee, students from different cultural backgrounds and genders are brought together. Hilarious, fundamental, moving discussions and all the ensuing activities are filmed without holding back; neither do the commentaries by students and teachers after the meetings. Initially, almost everyone is skeptical about the feasibility and sense of the project, but along the way it turns out these meetings serve an additional purpose: as a safe space in which everyone can share their deepest fears, emotions and concerns.

Director
Caveh Zahedi
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
79'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Caveh Zahedi
Sales
Caveh Zahedi
Cast
Caveh Zahedi, Jaques Servin