‘American Winter’ on library screen

Feb 07, 2014
After working at the credit branch of a car company, Benjamin was laid off and quickly fell behind on the mortgage. His is one of the families in “American Winter.”

Belfast — “American Winter,” a film about families struggling with the devastating effects of poverty and insecurity and the economic systems that prevent them from success, will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Framed through the very personal stories of eight families, “American Winter” reveals the devastating effects of high unemployment and underemployment, low wages and 40 years of shifting economic policies to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and working poor.

Even as the economy slowly recovers from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, an alarming number of American families are still finding themselves caught in a daily struggle to meet their basic needs. At the same time, the social safety net that was intended to help those in crisis has been impacted by budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources available to assist vulnerable families.

The film, which has screened in more than 60 cities across the country as part of an ongoing community outreach campaign, won Best Documentary at the Portland International Film Festival and Best of the Festival at the Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City.

The screening is a continuation of the Community Forum series of third-Wednesday films sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County. A discussion focusing on how to address increasing poverty and inequality locally and nationally will follow the film. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Bob Shaw at 338-4450.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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