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Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class

Loretta Alper / United States / 2005 / 62 ' / English


Loretta Alper & Pepi Leistyna
Loretta Alper & Pepi Leistyna

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Awards & Festivals

2006, Class Action's "Film of the Month"
2007, Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism from the Working Class Studies Association
2007, Official Selection, International Working Class Film and Video Festival
2007, Official Selection, Working-Class Studies Association Film Festival
2007, Official Selection, Hofstra Labor Studies Film Festival
2006, Official Selection, Three Screens Film Festival
2006, Official Selection, Silver Lake Film Festival
2006, Official Selection, Das Globalisierungskritische Film Festival

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A doc that explores the narrow representation of the American working class


Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows.

Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants -- stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy.

Class Dismissed breaks important new ground in exploring the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality intersect with class, offering a more complex reading of television's often one-dimensional representations. The video also links television portrayals to negative cultural attitudes and public policies that directly affect the lives of working class people.

Featuring interviews with Stanley Aronowitz, (City University of New York); Nickel and Dimed author, Barbara Ehrenreich; Herman Gray (University of California-Santa Cruz); Robin Kelley (Columbia University); Pepi Leistyna (University of Massachusetts-Boston) and Michael Zweig (State University of New York-Stony Brook). Also with Arlene Davila, Susan Douglas, Bambi Haggins, Lisa Henderson, and Andrea Press.


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