No society has ever encouraged its people to dream so extravagantly and with such expectation as America. Provided you worked hard and luck went your way, nothing seemed impossible. The American Dream – many people have claimed to have found it, but is it merely illusory?
These are the stories of ten families over three generations who went in search of the American Dream. They talk from the heart and open their pasts – their yearnings and expectations, their struggles, their staggering achievements, and their bitter disappointments. Their memories are interwoven with unique and previously unseen archive material – home movies, personal letters, diaries, and newsreel – to form an evocative and powerful narrative that uses original locations across America.
The American Dream is built around the great events of modern American history – the Depression, World War Two, the civil rights movement, the student revolt of the 1960s, Vietnam, the Reagan era. But it recasts them in an original and provocative light – drawing on the compelling oral testimony of the ordinary men and women whose voices usually go unheard. The American Dream is both an epic history of a nation and an intimate saga of a handful of families’ lives. It challenges the glib assumptions about the “land of opportunity” and the mythology of modern America.
“gorgeously articulate and heartbreakingly engaging”
“A stirring five hour epic”
“epic documentary series… beautifully photographed”
“an utterly engrossing and frequently moving story”
Mail on Sunday
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (BBC)
SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (DISCOVERY)
Nancy Le Brun
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
WITH THANKS TO
Denver Public Library
Grinberg Film Libraries
Mississippi State Archives
Museum of the Rockies
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
Wayne State University
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