The Great American Lie

The Great American Lie

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THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE -- which was written, directed, and produced by documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation) -- explores the historical, legal, and political ways in which the United States' obsession of the American Dream isn't realistic or feasible for all people ... and that it was never meant to be. Through interviews with historians, educators, activists, and politicians, Newsom digs deeper into how the concepts of "we the people" and the pursuit of individual success are rooted in White, property-owning, masculine attributes that aren't in any way inclusive of women or people of color. Interviewees include the principal of an Oakland charter school where most of the students are at risk because of poverty, or because of parents struggling with substance dependencies, and/or because of the lack of immigration documentation. The film also follows a lifelong conservative whose participation in a church food pantry made her realize that her conservative upbringing failed to teach her empathy and compassion. The Great American Lie clearly argues that climbing the social/economic ladder isn't the same for everyone; instead, some folks are born with a high-speed elevator, while others get a rickety old ladder they keep falling off.
Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom