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American Jobs
American Jobs
Actor: Greg Spotts
Genres: Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 2min

American Jobs is a personal investigation of the "jobless recovery." In the first six months of 2004, Director Greg Spotts visited nineteen cities and towns across the US, interviewing workers who had recently lost their j...  more »


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Actor: Greg Spotts
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: The Disinformation Company
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 2min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Very truthful.....
irnmtn25 | Colonial Heights, VA | 03/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a well-made and very precise documentary. I really liked how it showed both the blue-collar, and white-collar, worker, and how they are steadily losing their jobs to offshoring and outsourcing. What I don't get about what the corporations are doing is that don't they realize they are only hurting themselves? If they continue to lay off American labor in favor of foreign workers, then how will Americans be able to afford the products that are being sent back into this country for the consumer to buy? Do I smell eventual economic collapse? It is a sad day in America....and this documentary shows that we need to do something about NAFTA and outsourcing before it is too late for our country, and economy, to recover. This one is highly recommended."
Consider This
dirrtycruz | Charlotte, NC USA | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"American Jobs is an informative documentary that presents the material in a matter of fact approach. It does a good job in presenting the story, one that should be considered, in a straightforward style that is easy to understand. I think it provides numerous interesting and enlightening information about past problems and current abuses of the system. I encourage everyone to watch it and then use your own judgment, experience, and understanding to decide on this utter important matter!"
Brandon L. Harlow | Colonial Heights, VA United States | 03/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very insightful and unbiased look at what the state of the American job market is in. Many lessons to be learned here and I give kudos to the showing of senators and representatives trying to stop NAFTA. Amazing that they are the same people that media portrays in a negative light today but were abslutely correct in regards to NAFTA and its aftermath."
Flawed, but still useful for understanding job flight
Preston C. Enright | Denver, CO United States | 01/17/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I share the criticisms of this film that Thomas Fackler writes of in his customer review. I'm going to give "American Jobs" an additional star though, because it does offer an important look into the outsourcing issue, and touches on global trade policies.
There is a great deal of discussion regarding "neoconservatives" these days, and deservedly so; but we also need to inform ourselves of "neoliberal" economics, which tear down protections countries utilize to protect local economies and also privatizes public services and jobs. The Wikipedia review of "neoliberal economics" and the writings of Noam Chomsky cover some of the problems with this corporatist agenda that's harming so many people all over the world.

For a DVD that includes the concerns of people in sweatshops in Mexico and China, I'd recommend "Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices." It appears that since we have multinational corporations and financial institutions, there will need to be a larger multinational labor and human rights movement. The inspirational documentary "The Fourth World War" includes amazing footage of grassroots struggles around the world. As they increasingly network and operate in solidarity, the world will become a more just place. The "World Social Forum" is one such effort."