State Legislature

Director: Frederick Wiseman
USA / 2006 / 217 min

Last screened on Thu, Jan 28

Live Screening introduced by the director.

Frederick Wiseman’s State Legislature shows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature during an entire 12-week session. Lobbyists, lawmakers, and their constituents are seen debating and discussing the concerns of the electorate, on issues that range from violence in schools, mad cow disease, and video voyeurism to illegal immigration, secondhand smoke, and the deregulation of telephone rates. The film is an example of the achievements, values, constraints, and limitations of the democratic process.