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The Public

Original title
The Public
Year
Running time
122 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Emilio Estévez
Music
Tyler Bates, Joanne Higginbottom
Cinematography
Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Cast
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Producer
Hammerstone Studios / Cedarvale Pictures
Genre
Drama | Poverty
Synopsis / Plot
A sit-in by patrons at a public library escalates into a police standoff and a media sideshow. An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
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