American Winter

American Winter, a film by Harry Gantz & Joe Gantz 


This film is framed by the personal stories from eight families in the Portland Oregon area who are struggling to pay bills, keep their power turned on, food in their bellies, and a roof over their heads during the Great Recession. Each individual story exemplifies how one misfortune can lead to a life of poverty. The social stigma surrounding homelessness and those living on welfare is completely challenged in this film. The grit and determination of those families who we follow in this film have chosen to never give up. We are reminded that the middle class is becoming an endangered species and that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing more and more rapidly and that their is something each and every one of us can do about it.

This is an important film that should be watched. It is an affirmation that something can always happen, to anyone.