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Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.

In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in the U.S., it has accelerated sharply over the last 40 years. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the populace — 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.

Alex Gibney directed the 2008 Academy Award-winning film Taxi to the Dark Side and the 2006 Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Other credits as director include Magnolia Pictures’s releases Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Gibney was the executive producer of the Oscar-nominated No End in Sight, consulting producer on Who Killed the Electric Car?, and producer of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities.

  • There is definitely a large gap between classes, the political environment is corrupt, etc. But for someone who worked hard for their money…. is it their requirement to give back to society (morals/ethics aside)? America strives to give every one a fair go, but reality says this is not feasible. Capitalism opens many doors that would not be available otherwise. But also life is not meant to be fair.

  • Pat Myestas

    You need to watch the documentary to understand the message. Anyone will agree with the first and last two sentences in your comment. What you failed to understand is that the rich people mentioned in this documentary are making money off everyone else and are not working at all for it. They are making the poor and the middle class pay for their greed. Think of the many other billionaires not mentioned in this documentary and why they were excluded from it.

  • Winston

    I wish this video could be shown in public schools.

  • Bob the builder

    I agree with the message but has anyone here actually read Ayn Rand’s books? I have read multiple books, as have my friends. While I don’t fully agree with her philosophy completely, as I think she forgets the environmental impact for instance, her real point is something that this totally ignores. Her main message was that people use government to favor certain businesses, not the businesses that thrive because they are efficient and lack bureaucracy. The reason the rich are able to thrive off the poor is because of authoritative government and religion. Without both the rich wouldn’t be any richer. Please be informed and read :)

  • Throuserhouse

    A lot of people seem to forget that the system of a free society where people have the chance to be better off and enjoy their wealth is because the less fortunate do not use violence to get their share of “freedom”. Seing this documentary it occurred to me that all the profiteers are white. Sorry guys! And that a new form of slavery has been established. ( a very small group having a nice life on the costs of a very large group working their pants off).

Duration: 59:04
Language: EN
Resolution max: 1080p
Video Source: YouTube
Provided by: Why Poverty
Published on: 2013-01-20
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