United, We Stand: Bridging the Partisan Divide in Modern Day America

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WHEN: Monday, Oct. 19 @ 6 p.m.

WHERE: Streaming live on MKE Film's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.


As Election Day grows closer, join director Ben Rekhi, author Mark Gerzon, and Milwaukee local Steven Olikara as they dive into the conversation raised by MFF2020 title The Reunited States: how do we find common ground in a time of such political divisiveness?





Ben Rekhi is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker. After working with the Coen bros. on O Brother, Where Art Thou? Rekhi was hired by George Clooney to shoot the behind-the-scenes for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Rekhi went on to produce the Spirit Award-nominated feature Bomb the System, direct the SXSW Audience Award Winner Waterborne, and write the dialogues for Ben Kingsley in Teen Patti. Rekhi’s second feature The Ashram stars Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo, Kal Penn, and was released by The Orchard in 2018. Rekhi shifted gears and co-directed a documentary series for PBS called The Hidden Vote about minority voting trends. His third feature film Watch List was co-financed by Bron Studios (Joker) and executive produced by XYZ Films (The Raid), premiered at Seattle and Deauville Film Festivals, and is being released in August 2020. The Reunited States is his documentary debut.



Steven is the Founder & President of Millennial Action Project (MAP), the largest nonpartisan organization of young lawmakers in the U.S. Working with over 800 policymakers in Congress and state legislatures, MAP is building a new generation of leadership to transcend the partisan divide and strengthen our democracy. A nationally-recognized political commentator, Steven has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and other national outlets. He is also co-author of the new book, JFK: The Last Speech, published in 2018. Steven has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, a Forbes 30 Under 30, the Millennial of the Year, an Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine. 


Mark Gerzon, President of Mediators Foundation, has been working to bridge the partisan divide in the U.S. for more than a quarter of a century. In 1997 and 1999, he co-designed and facilitated two U.S. House of Representatives Bipartisan Congressional Retreats designed to help House members deal with conflict in order to work together more effectively. These efforts were followed by numerous other bi-partisan and trans-partisan activities, including most recently co-founding The Bridge Alliance, a diverse coalition of more than 80 respected organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America. He is the author of the 2016 book The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide, which was a major catalyst for this film.


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