One of the most enduring stories we tell ourselves about America is that anyone—regardless of color, class, or creed—can make a good life for themselves if they just work hard enough. The American Dream has fueled immigration, governmental policies, and our self-image for generations.
But in this frank documentary from director Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation, DFFTK), we’re forced to confront the reality of life in the United States today, when the income gap between rich and poor is larger than it has ever been. What kind of educational, professional, and economic opportunities really exist for people who aren’t born into the financial and social circumstances that open doors? Is there a way to truly even the playing field to make upward mobility for all of our country’s citizens possible, or are we just lying to ourselves?
Jennifer Newsom will be at the 11/1 screening and Amanda Mortimer will be at the 11/7 screening
Sponsored by Barbara Bridges, Friends of UNFPA, Queen City Optical Provisions, Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Helliemae’s, KIND Snacks, Capital One Café
Producer: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Amanda Mortimer | Editor: Jessica Congdon | Cinematographer: John Behrens | Screenwriter: Jessica Congdon, Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Cast: Linda Darling-Hammond, Ruby De Tie, Nicholas Kristof, Libby Schaaf