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88 minutes · 2012

Documentary
Just after the 2008 financial crisis hastened the shuttering of the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, video maker Brad Lichtenstein began documenting the fate of three laid-off workers—two who transferred to a plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and one who returned to school through a federally funded program. These thoughtful stories of a disappearing middle class become more pointed as Scott Walker, the newly elected Republican governor, begins implementing his union-busting agenda in February 2011 and his upper-crust backers in Janesville try to attract new industry to the town. Tim Cullen, one of the 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin in order to stall a vote on the governor's controversial budget-repair bill, figures in some of the video's best moments, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Travel Wisconsin program where he's cheered so heartily and Walker is booed so mercilessly that the "Wisconsin Is Open for Business" shtick is barely audible.

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