This is a story about Luis, a middle-aged family man in Spain, caught up in that country's economic crisis. We watch to see if he will find a way out of his problems, we are reminded of the U.S. with 4 million long-term unemployed.
Luis, an ordinary individual in Spain caught up in that country's economic crisis, a crisis that began in the United States. As we watch him struggle with unemployment and the threat of foreclosure, we are reminded of the 4 million long-term unemployed in the U.S., the growing gap between rich and poor, and the millions of foreclosures that have occurred since 2008. Luis does all the right things: goes to an unemployment office, checks out the employment listings posted by private firms, checks the newspaper listings, asks friends for a job, accepts whatever part-time work is offered to him...and goes to the bank to apply for a loan. A set of domino players makes it clear, in casual conversation, that Luis' plight is simply a microcosm of what is happening in the entire country. Underlining this theme, we join Luis in watching a demonstration, observe a man hired by a bank as he arranges for the removal of furniture from a home the bank has foreclosed on, and hear two bankers in ... Written by
Eve A. Ma