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California Winter (2012)

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Young real estate agent Clara Morales encouraged risky loans to her clients during the housing boom. She must now rescue her father's home from foreclosure-- a consequence of the loan she advised him to take.

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Sheriff Hillman
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Marcy Sanchez
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Douglas Hariri
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Miguel Morales
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Clara Morales
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Carlos Gonzalez
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Camila Vasquez
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Walter Sanchez
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Ken Richmond
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Geraldo Ramirez
Miguel Bocanegra ...
Mario Chavez
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Leo Porter
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Miguel
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Cecilia Morales
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Clara Morales begins a rising career in real estate in 2005, encouraging risky loans to her clients so that they can afford houses above their means-- loans that she didn't fully understand. She even recommends such a loan to her father. With the onset of the 2008 housing market crash, Clara's father's house goes into foreclosure, and Clara must now save her childhood home. This results in a strain on her relationship with her father, leading him to ignore matters of his health. One positive aspect to her life is a burgeoning romance with her bank representative, the likable and caring Carlos. However, with the eviction date right around the corner, Clara makes enacts a desperate plan to save their home. A timely story about how personal choices and family are a stronger force than any other. Written by Anonymous

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A Well-Informed Portrait of Foreclosure
16 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was glad to see my friend and former student Elizabeth Dominguez in California WINTER, which was screened Wednesday as part of the New Directors series at Anthology Film Archives. The film is a noticeably well-informed work about the foreclosure crisis at the heart of the 2008 crash. The writer and director Odin Ozdil explicates the causes of the disaster through the story of Clara, a real estate agent who is caught out in all innocence by the business and banking practices that brought it about.

What hits home while watching the film is the extent to which we live in a "system" that plays our needs for housing, medical care and human dignity off each other for its own benefit. We are given all too few options for getting by, to say nothing of ahead, and declared the losers when the rules we are forced to play by reach their logical breaking point. READ MORE: http://osburnt.com/California-winter/


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