Synopsis by Mark Deming
Filmmaker Jamie Johnson examines the growing divide between the wealthy and the poor in America in this documentary. Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, interviews a number of America's richest people (including Apple Computers' Steve Forbes and Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea) and asks them about the inherent dangers of having the majority of America's money in the hands of less than one percent of its citizens. Johnson also discusses the economic and societal pitfalls of our current economic imbalance with noted economist Milton Friedman, former labor secretary Robert Reich, and activist Ralph Nader. Finally, Johnson looks to the other side of the fence as he interviews cab drivers, farm workers, and the residents of a Chicago housing project on the day-to-day realities of poverty in the 21st century. The One Percent received its world premier at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
economic-problems, economy, fortune [wealth], heir, poverty, wealth