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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 3:29 PM


October 14th 6:30pm

Center for Justice, Peace and Justice Action League, Spokane Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, Community Building Foundation, and Health Care for All - Spokane and the Washington Community Action Network are co-sponsoring a special one-time screening of this amazing film on economic justice. "American Winter" shows how middle class workers are a job away from poverty.

This showing is FREE with a suggested donation of $10, with proceeds to benefit Operation Healthy Family.

Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab Confessions, The Defenders) AMERICAN WINTER is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the economy as it is playing out in the lives of American families, and highlights the human impact of budget cuts to social services, a shrinking middle class, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

From the filmmakers:
It was a two-year process to make American Winter. And this was a difficult film to make, because while working with these families it seemed as if there are two separate countries in America --one that is struggling day to day to pay for their electricity, heat, rent and food, and the other that is doing well and is not tuned into those who are suffering right among them. In America the recession is over, and U.S. corporations and Wall Street are doing better than ever. Yet 46% of this country is living in poverty, or near poverty, and today we have the highest number of poor since we began keeping records.

How can nearly half of our country be in such dire circumstances and yet our politicians chose this time of the most need in 80 years to cut budgets and social services all across the country? It’s because there are such pervasive myths and stereotypes about those families who need help—they are lazy, they are takers, they are incapable, they made bad decisions—so we don’t need to care about them. But as we made American Winter we found a very different story. The families who we followed for this film are struggling, yet they are just like our friends, neighbors and members of our own family. They are hardworking, loving folks who have had a bit of bad luck, a job loss, a health issue, a death of a parent, a handicapped child. These events have set them back and then life becomes an uphill battle to get back on their feet again.

American Winter puts a face on these invisible families who have lost their jobs and can’t find work, or who are working full time and overtime, yet don’t make enough per hour to pull their families out of poverty

• Location: Bing Crosby Theater 901 W Sprague Ave, S, Spokane

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