Directors: Joe and Harry Gantz
Winner of Best Documentary Feature in the Portland International Film Festival, the Sidney Award for Excellent in Journalism for the Common Good, and Best of Festival award at the Workers Unite Film Festival
The personal stories of eight middle-class families in Portland, Oregon, who were hit hard during the country’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, are told in this compelling documentary.
Once financial stable, they now find themselves struggling, trying to make ends meet – even as headlines everywhere indicate that America is recovering. Filmed over the winter of 2011-12, American Winter reveals the devastating effects of the mortgage meltdown, high unemployment, the health care crisis and budget cuts to the social safety net through the eyes of families in crisis.
Woven into the film are interviews with economic experts, policy analysts, religious leaders and social workers. This is an extremely powerful portrait of the consequences of rising poverty, the decline of the middle class and the fracturing of the American Dream.
Released in 2013
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