FRONTLINE: Two American Families DVD

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Since 1992, Bill Moyers and FRONTLINE have been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee - one black, one white - as they spent two decades in an extraordinary battle to keep from sliding into poverty. With poignant and revealing intimacy, Two American Families chronicles the struggles of the Neumanns and the Stanleys as they try to ... More
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Since 1992, Bill Moyers and FRONTLINE have been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee - one black, one white - as they spent two decades in an extraordinary battle to keep from sliding into poverty. 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.

Production Year: 2013
Host: Bill Moyers
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Patient P.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very food investigation
Review by Patient P. on 07/17/20 review stating Very food investigation
I am the founder of We The People a national whistleblower organization established in 1987. Our work was featured on the COVER OF TIME and CNN die a year and half investigation of our investigations. I would like very much to talk to one of your producers. My present circumstances will make the Edward Snowden Case look like a Jack and Jill story. Contact me please because it will be one of the biggest scandals Frontline will ever have the opportunity to investigate.
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Eva
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The best movie in its class
Review by Eva on 07/17/20 review stating The best movie in its class
I am a union worker and for some reason I feel as its looked as a bad thing by many Americans. There are usually two groups of people that are agains unions. Group one: the people who dont have an education and work for very little compensation are a usually a little jealous and will make remarks. Group two: this group is very narrow minded even thought the have higher education. They believe that we are overpaid and cant get fired because the union will protect us. Both of their beliefs are false and ignorant. I havent seen anyone get filthy rich from these jobs and people do get fired. Unions take care of their members (at least my union does) in every aspect: insurance, pension, food bank for those in need, etc... so that there is no need to rely on the government assistance. I give my heart out to the families in this film. They are hard working people who deserve to have their immediate necessities met... the goverment allowed this to happen. Its part of the population control and to keep people stupid. No matter what race you are.... we are all slaves. Its going to take a movement like the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) in order to make any changes. But who is going to do it if no one is though unionism.
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Moral M.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The real America
Review by Moral M. on 07/17/20 review stating The real America
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. Its 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, womens 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 dont find it for sale on this site but it can be viewed in full on PBS Video.
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Eva
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The best movie in its class
Review by Eva on 07/17/20 review stating The best movie in its class
I am a union worker and for some reason I feel as its looked as a bad thing by many Americans. There are usually two groups of people that are agains unions. Group one: the people who dont have an education and work for very little compensation are a usually a little jealous and will make remarks. Group two: this group is very narrow minded even thought the have higher education. They believe that we are overpaid and cant get fired because the union will protect us. Both of their beliefs are false and ignorant. I havent seen anyone get filthy rich from these jobs and people do get fired. Unions take care of their members (at least my union does) in every aspect: insurance, pension, food bank for those in need, etc... so that there is no need to rely on the government assistance. I give my heart out to the families in this film. They are hard working people who deserve to have their immediate necessities met... the goverment allowed this to happen. Its part of the population control and to keep people stupid. No matter what race you are.... we are all slaves. Its going to take a movement like the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) in order to make any changes. But who is going to do it if no one is though unionism.
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Eva
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The best movie in its class
Review by Eva on 07/17/20 review stating The best movie in its class
I am a union worker and for some reason I feel as its looked as a bad thing by many Americans. There are usually two groups of people that are agains unions. Group one: the people who dont have an education and work for very little compensation are a usually a little jealous and will make remarks. Group two: this group is very narrow minded even thought the have higher education. They believe that we are overpaid and cant get fired because the union will protect us. Both of their beliefs are false and ignorant. I havent seen anyone get filthy rich from these jobs and people do get fired. Unions take care of their members (at least my union does) in every aspect: insurance, pension, food bank for those in need, etc... so that there is no need to rely on the government assistance. I give my heart out to the families in this film. They are hard working people who deserve to have their immediate necessities met... the goverment allowed this to happen. Its part of the population control and to keep people stupid. No matter what race you are.... we are all slaves. Its going to take a movement like the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) in order to make any changes. But who is going to do it if no one is though unionism.
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Eva
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The best movie in its class
Review by Eva on 07/17/20 review stating The best movie in its class
I am a union worker and for some reason I feel as its looked as a bad thing by many Americans. There are usually two groups of people that are agains unions. Group one: the people who dont have an education and work for very little compensation are a usually a little jealous and will make remarks. Group two: this group is very narrow minded even thought the have higher education. They believe that we are overpaid and cant get fired because the union will protect us. Both of their beliefs are false and ignorant. I havent seen anyone get filthy rich from these jobs and people do get fired. Unions take care of their members (at least my union does) in every aspect: insurance, pension, food bank for those in need, etc... so that there is no need to rely on the government assistance. I give my heart out to the families in this film. They are hard working people who deserve to have their immediate necessities met... the goverment allowed this to happen. Its part of the population control and to keep people stupid. No matter what race you are.... we are all slaves. Its going to take a movement like the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) in order to make any changes. But who is going to do it if no one is though unionism.
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Janie
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
So inspiring and emotionally touching
Review by Janie on 07/17/20 review stating So inspiring and emotionally touching
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.
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Inspired
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Powerful,Candide, and Inspiring
Review by Inspired on 07/17/20 review stating Powerful,Candide, and Inspiring
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.


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