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Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action

Synopsis
On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day, the filmmakers set out on a trip around the country to ask the American people what they had to say about it. In 2010, they went back to see how things had changed. The financial forecasters say the recession is over, but the reality is otherwise. The stories recorded reveal desperation, indignation, hope, dreams and a disastrous economic breakdown; chaos generated by a system of inequality. But the financial meltdown is just one of several human rights crises now shaking the United States—in housing, education, health care, etc. The film argues that solutions to these problems lie in the hands of the people. Featuring the Vermont Worker’s Center, LA’s Bus Rider’s Union, Santa Fe’s local business Alliance, Oakland’s Green Jobs Now, Baltimore’s United Workers, New York’s Poverty Initiative, the U.S. Social Forum, and American workers, truck drivers, farmers, homeless, ex-felons, minorities, natural disaster survivors, indigenous, immigrants, and residents from coast to coast—covering nearly 40 states across the nation.

Suggested as a good companion film to INSIDE JOB.
Language
English; Spanish (Spain - Modern)
Country
United States
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Subjects
Social Studies; Economics
Keywords
social conditions; United States of America; economic crisis

Credits

Director
Silvia Leindecker
Producer
Michael Fox

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$19.95
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
82 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

PM Press

Email
info@pmpress.org
Web
http://www.pmpress.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 510 658 3906
Address
PO Box 23912
Oakland
CA 94623
USA

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