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California Dreaming: Lost Middle Class 2010

Originally broadcasted in 2010 this documentary could have been filmed in 2018.

California is a strong brand, the state of new beginnings, dreams and movie stars, of surfers and a wonderful climate. But the Golden State is bankrupt and the city of Los Angeles is running out of cash. Public services are being cut and unemployment keeps rising.

At the same time, optimism, entrepreneurship and the belief in the power of America are stronger than ever. In Los Angeles, we meet five people who are going through a transformation in their lives during this crisis. Who are the pioneers who are reinventing the new America and how do they see the future?

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2010. © VPRO Backlight October 2010

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