America Lost

America Lost is a feature-length documentary that explores the collapse of family, economic, and community life in three of America’s “forgotten cities”—Stockton, California, Youngstown, Ohio, and Alligator, Mississippi.

The film shows the devastating human toll of these social changes through the stories of a single mother struggling to keep her family together, an inner-city pastor fighting to restore a chaotic neighborhood, and a pair of seventh-graders who dream of escaping their impoverished rural town.

With commentary from leading humanities scholars and social scientists, America Lost sheds light on how our eroding social capital limits individual opportunity and creates a dangerous divide between success and failure.

Ultimately, despite these grave challenges, the film issues a passionate call for a grassroots movement to empower all Americans to rebuild their communities from the bottom up.

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