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Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

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Review

President Obama may have vowed to raise taxes for the rich, but Alex Gibney’s documentary highlights how the power big business wields in Washington may make that promise impossible to keep. Starting from the fact that 740 Park Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side houses more billionaires than any other building in the US, while ten minutes north is Park Avenue in the South Bronx, the country’s poorest congressional district, Gibney details how the super-rich have skewed the game in their favour.

Summary

Documentary-maker Alex Gibney explores inequality in the US by comparing two areas of New York both called Park Avenue - one a luxurious apartment building in Manhattan, the other a deprived part of South Bronx. Through archive interviews with academics, psychologists and former lobbyists, he assesses what can be done to bridge the gap between wealthy and poor as part of a global address of contemporary poverty.

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Presenter Alex Gibney

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