Documentary on U.S. poverty to be screened at UC Davis

Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 - 4:52 pm

The public is invited to a free screening of “American Winter,” a documentary on poverty in the United States at University of California, Davis on Thursday

“American Winter” was directed by Emmy award winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Ganz, who also made “Taxicab Confessions” and “The Defenders.” The documentary examines eight families struggling in the wake of the worse economic crisis since the Great Depression, and highlights the effect of budget cuts to social services.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with one of the documentary creators, Harry Ganz. Other panelists include Ann Stevens, director of UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, and Armando Figueroa, president of Associated Students of UC Davis. The session will be moderated by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.

The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Room 198 in Young Hall at UC Davis. It will be the only official screening of the documentary in the region and one of the few in the state. The event is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Yolo County, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s office, and 211 Yolo.

Attendees can come early to take advantage of a resource fair that will be held in conjunction with the screening. A number of social services organizations will have booths at the fair, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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