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As Goes Janesville

by Brad Lichtenstein

Presented by Community Cinema

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mesa Contemporary Arts

Start time:
6:00 pm

On Sale to the Public:

Free to the public, no RSVP required

As Goes Janesville catapults viewers to the front lines of America's debate over the future of its middle class – a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. First, General Motors shuts down Janesville's century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and residents exiled in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election. Spend three years in the lives of laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the governor to promote a pro-business agenda that they believe will woo new companies to town; and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers' rights. As goes Janesville, so goes America, a polarized nation losing its grasp on the American Dream.

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