Pete and Rebecca Davis’ documentary traces the impact of the legendary social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking book Bowling Alone suggests that the American project is unraveling as we become more individualistic.
The directors interview fans and scholars including Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg, Surn General Vivek Murthy and Priya Parker, and track the groups working to rebuild community. The film asks: What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly… What can we do about it? (U.S., 2023, 100m)
“Putnam is an affable, sensitive person and a wonderful camera subject.” –Austin Chronicle