The WQED Multimedia monthly series Community Cinema screens documentaries that explore many important and timely social issues – it also provides an opportunity to view films from the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens prior to their release on television. On Dec. 6th, they present a look at the country’s struggling auto industry with As Goes Janesville.
When First General Motors shuts down their century-old plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the state blows up in political turmoil over the future of unions. The result is a microcosm of the national plight of the middle class and the political polarization over what the American Dream looks like in the 21st century. The film documents the town’s struggle to reinvent itself amid an economic and political crisis that grips the community and the entire nation.