because we found it: Tonight on HBO – Ted Kennedy fights for immigration rights and more up until his death

photo courtesy of bluejersey via flickr

photo courtesy of bluejersey via flickr

Those at Breakthrough with HBO2 will be tuning in tonight at 8pm EST for The Senators’ Bargain.

The documentary will provide an in-depth look at the inner workings of our nation’s political system as Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his team, including advocate Frank Sharry, fought to push the immigration reform bill through Congress. The film follows Kennedy, who died in 2009 from brain cancer, “capturing the political legend in candid conversations at his Capitol Hill hideaway and rallying his allies with impassioned rhetoric on the Senate floor.”

The Senators’ Bargain is just one episode in HBO’s 12-story “How Democracy Works Now” series that began filming in 2001 to give the American people a more comprehensive understanding of what really takes place inside the massive political machine that determines our rights.

According to a NY Times review, the documentary “provides scary insight into the ways of Washington and the expediencies that trump reason and goodwill. But mostly it’s a bruised, elegiac look back at a Democratic defeat. The tone is not so much indignant as wistful, attuned to the lyricism of lost causes and the-dream-shall-never-die romance of failure.”

Indeed, immigration reform is a dream that has not died despite the passing of one of its most staunch supporters. Considering the fact that 200,000 showed up to march for immigration rights in Washington D.C. this past weekend, it is clear that people have not forgotten the urgency of this cause.

March 24, 2010 by Annie
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