Join or Die (2023)


Duration: 01:43:34
United States
Year: 2022

Join or Die is a film about why you should join a club — and why the fate of America may depend on it. In this feature documentary, follow the half-century story of America’s civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking “Bowling Alone” research into America’s decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to our democracy’s present crisis. Flanked by influential fans and scholars — from Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to Eddie Glaude Jr., Raj Chetty, and Priya Parker — as well as inspiring groups building community in neighborhoods across the country, join Bob as he explores three urgent civic questions: What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly…What can we do about it?

Director: Rebecca Davis
Producer: Rebecca Davis, Pete Davis
Writers: Pete Davis
Key Cast: Robert Putnam, Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg, Vivek Murthy, Eddie Glaude Jr., Raj Chetty, Priya Parker