CALIFORNIA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM
California and the American Dream explores the dynamics of culture, identity, and civic engagement within the most multi-ethnic state in America.
In the post 9/11 era, California is center stage for an array of issues that are re-defining the American agenda. Veteran filmmakers Lyn Goldfarb, Jed Riffe, Paul Espinosa and Emiko Omori offer a tantalizing look at these issues and current trends facing the “real” California —from changing demographics to new models of civic engagement, from the role of immigrants in neighborhood life to the democratic challenge of the initiative process, from sustainable agriculture to Native American gaming and sovereignty.
Each one of the four hour-long independently-produced films stands alone. However, taken together, the four episodes illuminate a question of unsurpassed importance to our nation: Can peoples of diverse cultures and thinking come together to redefine home, community and civic participation in ways that can lead to a sustainable society?
4-Hour Series. National Primetime PBS Broadcast, 2006.
- Executive Producers: Lyn Goldfarb, Jed Riffe, Paul Espinosa
- Produced and Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb, Jed Riffe, Paul Espinosa, Emiko Omori
- Narrated by: Linda Hunt
- Executive Producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer
Major funding was provided by PBS, The Ford Foundation, ITVS, Native American Public Telecommunications, Skirball Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Center for Asian American Media, The Rockefeller Foundation and California Council for the Humanities California Documentary Project.