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American Jobs (2005)

Video  -  Documentary  -  22 February 2005 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 jobs due to low-wage foreign competition. Written by TDC Entertainment

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Good, but definite room for improvement
13 February 2008 | by (denver) – See all my reviews

This documentary is about outsourcing in the U.S. and its impact on the average American worker, especially in the wake of the jobless economic recovery following 2001. The film is basically comprised of interviews with people who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing and interviews with various professionals about said subject, as well as NAFTA.

The film's strong suit is the interviews with the workers. What I would have liked to have additionally seen are three things.

First, the writer/director/host is a little bland. I know this is a documentary on an abstract topic, but he's still bland even considering said factor.

Second, it's too short, and this could have been remedied by the third thing I would have liked to see, namely some interviews with people who disagree that outsourcing is bad for the U.S. economy and/or proponents of NAFTA and other free trade agreements. If credibility is key then you need opposing viewpoints. Of course maybe such people were asked and all declined, but if that was the case this should have been mentioned.

All in all worth seeing. If you are completely in favor of outsourcing you will definitely find the film to be biased though.


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