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Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse To Action (DVD)
Reach And Teach says:
Before the presidential election in 2008, our friend Julie road across the country on a scooter, stopping in small towns and interviewing people about their lives and how what they needed might influence for whom they voted. It was a life-changing experience for her and those of us who road along the way via her blogging, audio clips, and videos.
Now, I've watched this incredible DVD that chronicles another trek across the country, in the midst of the financial crisis and election, and I recommend this as the next best thing to jumping on your own scooter.
About the Film:
On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day, we set out on a trip around the country to ask the American people what they had to say about it. In 2010, we went back to see how things had changed. The financial forecasters say the recession is over, but the reality is otherwise.
Their stories 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 solutions to “Crossing the American Crises” are 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.
About Michael Fox:
Michael Fox is a freelance journalist, reporter, and documentary filmmaker based in South America. He is the co-author of Venezuela Speaks!: Voices From The Grassroots. He is the producer of the weekly Venezuelanalysis radio headlines; co-founder of the internet radio, Radio Venezuela en Vivo; and co-director of the documentary, Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas released by PM Press.
About Sílvia Leindecker:
Sílvia Leindecker is a Brazilian documentary film maker who has shot for the Spanish news agency EFE, Germany's Politik magazine, and co-director of the documentary, Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas released by PM Press.
Producer: Michael Fox
Director/Producer: Sílvia Leindecker
Publisher: PM Press/Estreito Meios Productions
Published March 2011
Format: Video (DVD - NTSC)
Subtitles: English, Spanish and Portuguese
Size: 7.5 by 5.5
Length: 82 Minutes
Subjects: Current Events, Politics, Documentary