On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day, a filmmaker and his crew set out on a trip across 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.
These 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.
“The film is magisterial in the diversity of perspectives it represents, giving voice to women and men of different ages, ethnicities, and geographic regions.” – Benjamin Junge, Dept. of Anthropology / SUNY-New Paltz
“…different than other documentaries that investigate the 2008 economic crash in that it seeks to get the perspective of working people all across the country” – Jeff Smith (Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy—GRIID)
“This film drives home the real impact of the financial crisis on the lives of people across the U.S. and through their stories shows the way forward for progressive politics.” – Betsy Hartmann, Director, Population and Development Program, Hampshire College
“A powerful piece that captures the effects of the 2008 US economic crisis from a broad range of voices” – Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
82 minutes on 1 disc
English & Spanish w/ English, Spanish and Portuguese sub-titles
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