*Film: American Winter

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In the richest country on earth, millions of families have been left out in the cold.

San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with United Way of the Bay Area present a screening of the award-winning documentary American Winter

Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter  follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Years after the recession began, millions of families are struggling to meet their basic needs, and many formerly middle class families are finding themselves in financial crisis, and needing assistance for the first time in their lives.  Meanwhile, the social safety net that was created to help people in difficult times has been weakened by massive budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources to help families in trouble. Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, American Winter presents an intimate and emotionally evocative snapshot of the state of our economy as it is playing out in many American families.

Following the screening, 211 Program Director Maritza Villagomez will talk about the types and number of calls the 211 call center in the Bay Area receives, discuss some of the stories encountered and how people have been connected to the resources they need.

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