Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy The Movie is dynamic, diverse, and still growing. Follow us on Twitter for updates on new vignettes and interviews as they come in. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Corey Ogilvie (Nash: the Documentary, Streets of Plenty, Think Peace).
The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against economic and social inequality. The first Occupy protest to be widely covered was Occupy Wall Street in New York City, taking place on September 17, 2011. By October 9, Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries, and over 600 communities in the United States. As of December 1 the Meetup page "Occupy Together" listed 2,686 Occupy communities worldwide.
The movement was initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters, and partly inspired by the Arab Spring,<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 11px;"> </span>especially Cairo'sTahrir Square protests, and the Spanish Indignants. The movement commonly uses the slogan <em>We are the 99%</em>, the #Occupy hashtagformat, and organizes through websites such as "Occupy Together".<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 11px;"> </span> According to the <em>Washington Post</em>, the movement, which has been described as a "democratic awakening" by Cornel West, is difficult to distill to a few demands.
Just after midnight on November 9 in London, Ontario, police evicted protesters from the city's Victoria Park, becoming the first forced evictions in Canada. On the afternoon of November 11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and later on the night of November 14, authorities forcefully closed down camps around the world in cities such as New York, Oakland and Zurich. Occupy protestors immediately regrouped and vowed to continue their protests, often defiantly returning to the cleared sites.