Doco questions power of wealthy over America’s poor
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.