State Legislature
State capitol building in Boise, Idaho
Directed byFrederick Wiseman
Produced byIdaho Film Inc.
Thirteen/WNET New York in association with ITVS
CinematographyJohn Davey
Distributed byZipporah Films
Release date
  • February 15, 2007 (2007-02-15)
Running time
217 minutes
CountryUnited States

State Legislature is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. It details the workings of the Idaho Legislature. Wiseman filmed for a total of 160 hours over a full 12-week session of the legislature, later editing his content down to a 3 ½ hour film. Wiseman was interested in the topic as a way to show one of the more basic political systems in America at work. It was first broadcast on PBS in June 2007.[1]


  1. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (10 June 2007). "Not-So-Private Idaho, Pursuing Democracy". The New York Times.