Welfare
The Complexity of America's Welfare System

Show More

Related videos

No Room in Paradise - A Close Look at the Homeless Population in Hawaii
With some of the most expensive housing in America and the nation's worst homeless crisis, the paradise of Hawaii comes with a price. Filmmakers Anthony Aalto and Mike Hinchey spent two years following two single mothers and their kids from a homeless encampment in the heart of Honolulu to subsidized…
A Sh'mal World: Helping Mentally-ill Drug Addicts
Impish and twinkle-eyed, Sh'mal Ellenberg can joke about his chaotic work: helping mentally-ill drug addicts reclaim their lives. His clients are people like Kat, a hot-blooded women with insight into her mental illness, and Dale, a charismatic man with an unending drug addiction. Sh'mal can relate to his clients and…
Living Broke in Boom Times
"Living Broke in Boom Times" has condensed three groundbreaking documentary films by Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy (Takeover, Poverty Outlaw & Outriders) into segments of ideal length for classroom use. These films examine activist efforts by and on the behalf of the homeless and destitute, with contemporary interviews and commentary…
One Bridge to the Next
In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers began doing night rounds on the streets of Pittsburgh, offering medical assistance and support to the homeless. Fifteen years later, the organization he founded, Operation Safety Net, is a pioneering model in a growing movement to provide healthcare to the homeless. Dr. Withers and his…
Homeless
YOU CAN'T ASK THAT That asks homeless people the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you've always wanted to know the answers to, but never had the guts to ask.
Foreign Parts
Anthropological in scope, sensuous in detail and emotionally resonant throughout, FOREIGN PARTS is an exemplary social record of Willets Point, an industrial graveyard of scrap heaps and auto shops in Queens, New York, that is scheduled to be demolished and redeveloped. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks…
Paradise With Side Effects
The film provides fascinating insights into the pressures facing non-Western people as they confront the global economy. Follow two women from Ladakh, or Little Tibet, on a reality tour of London to see what life in the West is really like. The women are exposed to aspects of modern urban…
When The Light's Red
What do you do when you're stopped at an intersection and someone with a sign asks you for money? Do you give them some or do you stare straight ahead pretending they're not there? How do you sum up a person in the span of a red light? With humor…
A New High - Recovering Addicts Climb Mt. Rainier
In the heart of downtown Seattle is the Union Gospel Mission--a homeless shelter catering to the addicted and the abused. For these men and women hope is a novelty, self-esteem a luxury and recovery a faraway ideal. But within the UGM is one man, an ex-Army Ranger, who believes in…
Dark Days - A Homeless Community Beneath the Subway Tunnels of NYC
This acclaimed documentary explores the surprisingly domestic subterranean world of a homeless community living in a train tunnel beneath NYC. Through stories heartbreaking and hilarious, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground. With a hypnotic soundtrack by legendary DJ Shadow, DARK DAYS is…
Welcome Nowhere - A Community of Roma People Fighting for Homes
Narrated by multi-Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, WELCOME NOWHERE tells the true story of one community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) living in Bulgaria. After being evicted from their homes, over 200 of them are forced to live in shantytowns without proper sanitation. Despite years of promises from…
The Short Films of Elizabeth Lo - Short Documentaries on America's Overlooked Communities
A remarkable talent in the documentary arena, Elizabeth Lo's moving films highlight American societies' overlooked communities as they navigate the increasing states of inequality. Often forgotten, or even subjugated, by official institutions, Lo's sharp eye captures subjects young and old across the social spectrum, their communities, and the often makeshift…