Doco ques­tions power of wealthy over Amer­ica’s poor

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

Why Poverty? se­ries is an in­no­va­tive global me­dia event that aims to get peo­ple talk­ing about poverty through the broad­cast of ground-break­ing new doc­u­men­taries. In Park Av­enue di­rec­tor Alex Gib­ney in­ves­ti­gates how the ex­treme wealth of a few has cre­ated in­equal­ity for many Amer­i­cans. Park Av­enue, New York City, is home to some of the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans. Just 10 min­utes to the north, over the Har­lem River, is the other Park Av­enue, South Bronx, where more than half the pop­u­la­tion need food stamps and chil­dren are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the past 30 years, in­equal­ity has rock­eted in the US. Many be­lieve the Amer­i­can Dream ap­plies only to those with money to lobby politi­cians on Capi­tol Hill. Through the story of the two Park Av­enues, this film ar­gues the ex­treme wealth of a few has been used to im­pose their ideas on the rest of Amer­ica.

9.30pm, ABC2.


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