If you want to understand the heartbreak and despair that led us to Trump’s America, this is the most important film you’ll see all year.

America Lost is a documentary triptych that explores the collapse of family, economic, and community life in 

The film shows the dramatic decline of the American heartland through a mosaic of stories including an ex-steelworker scrapping abandoned homes to survive, a recently incarcerated father trying to rebuild his life, and a single mother struggling to escape her blighted urban neighborhood.

With commentary from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and community leaders in the field, America Lost sheds light on how our crumbling social institutions have created a dangerous divide between the haves and have nots.

Inspired by the style of Sundance winners Detropia and Rich Hill, veteran PBS director Christopher Rufo spent three years gathering incredibly intimate portraits of Americans living on the edge.

Christopher grew up in California’s Central Valley and has a deep personal connection with these lost American communities.

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