I had the privilege of attending the International Portland Film Festival this year, and catching a showing of a new documentary titled American Winter. I was interested in the film because it was shot in the Portland area, and tells the story of families that are struggling to survive in the wake of the economic crash that has affected us all. It was awarded Best Documentary of the festival.
It’s not a flashy film, but it is poignant and powerful as you get to know the families, their children, and their struggles. It fleshes out the discussion of our social safety net and just how frayed and fragile it is, in it’s current state. With all the talk of cutting programs to “save” money, this film gave me pause as to whether we should be investing more money, not less, into the organizations that are reaching out to help the “least of these” in our country.
Just a quick “two cents” post on a topic I care about deeply!
If you have the time, check it out this Monday night on HBO, and let me know what you think….
- Documentary ‘American Winter’ to Premiere Monday, March 18 on HBO (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- American Winter: Families struggle to survive in the aftermath of the Great Recession (washingtonpolicywatch.org)
- Two New Films Address American Poverty (billmoyers.com)