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With poignant and revealing intimacy, Two American Families chronicles the struggles of the Neumanns and the Stanleys as they try to hold onto their homes, their jobs, their health insurance, and a future for their children. A remarkable portrait of perseverance, the 90-minute film raises unsettling questions about the changing nature of the U.S. economy and the fate of a declining middle class.
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PBSFRONTLINE: Two American Families DVD
 
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5.0

Powerful,Candide, and Inspiring

By Inspired

from Ft. Worth, TX

Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Two American Families DVD:

Not only does this documentary offer a glimpse into what has and is happening within the fabric of America. It is a must-see for any young person who has unrealistic expectations about life, and uncertain about acquiring a college education or certificate. Living in these financially challenging times, it is through the lives of these incredible families this documentary provides a revealing look at possible outcomes that could happen to anyone.

 
5.0

So inspiring and emotionally touching

By Janie

from Irvine, CA

Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Two American Families DVD:

Worth passing on to my grandchildren about the realities of life and how these courageous families chose to deal with the many challenges and heartbreaks that they faced.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The real America

By Moral Mark

from Durham, NC

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Two American Families DVD:

In this superb film we see the heartbreaking reality of the valiant, heroic and ethical efforts of two hard working families to get by and to maintain their families. The deck is stacked against them. The America we once knew is painfully and needlessly vanishing.

Politicians skew our economy to benefit corporations and the rich. Some characterize those in poverty as indolent and takers. This film clearly and poignantly dispels that characterization.

The structure of our economy provides paltry wages, few benefits and no security as seen in this film. All economic gain goes to the wealthiest Americans. [Some can even sit idle and earn millions in capital gains . . . while paying minimal taxes.] Opportunity for those in the bottom half of the economy becomes increasingly evanescent.

And yet billionaires fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) pushing legislation to further enrich the wealthy, to disenfranchise voters, to gut the protections provided by regulation, to emasculate govenment to the point of inability to advocate or promote the interests of the average American.

"Two American Families" presents the America we have become. It's a great film but not a pretty picture.

In my home state of North Carolina we are seeing the results of a one-party government. The institution of state government has become morally bankrupt. The ALEC agenda rules. And the citizens have responded with "Moral Monday" rallies protesting the executive and legislative cuts of education, health care, unemployment compensation, voting rights, environmental regulation, women's rights, etc. Over 700 citizens have been arrested in peaceful civil disobedience.

For further information I would highly recommend the Independent Lens film "Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream". I don't find it for sale on this site but it can be viewed in full on PBS Video.

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