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American Winter

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

90 min­utes

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