Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

1 h 56 min20207+
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore the causes and costs of addiction, poverty and incarceration plaguing America, from the inner city to small towns like Yamhill, Oregon. While pockets of empathy and aid exist, are they enough to rescue the thousands of Americans in despair, for whom the American Dream of self-reliance is impossibly out of reach?
Maro ChermayeffJoshua BennettViva Van Loock
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Maro ChermayeffJoshua BennettViva Van LoockJeff DupreSteve HumbleErin CrumpackerGina Nemirofsky
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jgibsosmanReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2022
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Real and in depth
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Excellent documentary. What really got my attention was the police officer talking about his brother. Thank you Nicholas Kristof for a fine piece of work.
Michael J. WillardReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
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So true and this is a true look at America
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When I was young I lived in a small town surrounded by farm land , now like in the documentary , my hometown is nothing like it was, a lot of my friends have died or have serious health issues and quality if life is terrible. I commend the author of this documentary it is powerful and heartbreaking . America the new 3rd world country
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DutchmasterReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
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Life is about more than just choices.
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If you are open to looking at part of America that many of us don't see, please watch this documentary. I encourage us all to set politics aside and open ourselves up to this reality; feel the pain and hopelessness; and commit to providing solutions. This is outstanding work and is a blaring trumpet for action.
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Lori Leonard-ReevesReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021
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A poignant view of the current state of America.
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This documentary was sad, and stark, in it's view of too many American's lives. Yet, it left me hopeful. It featured some truly beautiful people and friendships. Seeing others working to improve the lives of those featured, left me asking, what can I do to help? It's a thought provoking and beautifully made documentary.
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Thomas Kevin KellyReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2022
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Dems Are the Saviors of the World and Republicans Are the Devil Incarnate
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Well, you have love liberals and how "objective" they are. It's easy to see why this is a PBS production, because it maintains the current cultural narrative that conservatives are evil and progressives are saints. Give me a break. What amazes the most about liberals and the intelligentsia of American culture is how they continually miss the spiritual aspects of the problems in our society today.
CCReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
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Tightrope was the best book I read in 2020 and the documentary doesn’t disappoint. Powerful interviews, poignant personal stories, and stunning statistics that capture the problems we are facing and the solutions available to us.
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Colin B. ChappellReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
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Sensible, resoundingly experiential, well constructed work
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Balance is the key ingredient sans modernity. All the wealth and materials but no common sense.
Thank You Nicholas and team.
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Blue DragonflyReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2022
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A True View of America in the 21st Century
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I am so grateful to the dedicated and caring people who made this film. I believe it shows what has happened to our country over the last 30 years and how it has created such a sense of despair for so many of our citizens. It shows a very real view of the poverty, homelessness and drug abuse that a loss of hope has brought to our people and how it has impacted our lives in both the small communities and the big cities. I like that it just isn't about despair but about how people in communities who are reaching out to others to try to find solutions. There are innovative programs in places like in Baltimore where the police department is reaching out to those who are addicted and guiding them into programs rather than to just a jailing them. So many people in small communities are reaching out to feed and house people in any way their limited means allow them todo. It is very touching and very encouraging that we can help each other in some small way and try let go of judgements towards those who have lost hope. This was made before the pandemic and I know the poverty, homelessness and substance abuse is worse now. However, it also requires a government that cares. President Biden is dedicated to helping the American people get back on their feet again, if only Congress would support his visionary programs that would restore a new American dream for everyone. The best thing any of us can do, no matter what our situation in life, is to vote for those who demonstrate they care about us citizens. Not just in words and speeches but in action. That is where our power and our hope for the. future resides. I believe it is so important for everyone to watch this film because those of us who are not wealthy and privileged can most definitely relate. I am a 75 year old women who never dreamed I would ever see our country in such dire straights. It doesn't have to be this way, but years of political apathy has created an America that is in despair. It isn't about politics or religion, it is about human compassion.
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