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  • Is the American Dream out of reach?

    Is the American Dream out of reach?

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  • The building at 740 Park Avenue is home to the largest number of billionaires in the U.S.

    The building at 740 Park Avenue is home to the largest number of billionaires in the U.S.

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  • Man standing in front of 3050 Park Avenue in the South Bronx

    Man standing in front of 3050 Park Avenue in the South Bronx

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    740 Park Avenue façade obscured by tree branches

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  • A man walks by sunken train tracks on Park Avenue in the South Bronx

    A man walks by sunken train tracks on Park Avenue in the South Bronx

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    Wide shot of the Madison Avenue Bridge taken from the Manhattan side of the Harlem River

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  • Tax rates for the wealthy

    Tax rates for the wealthy

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  • Wealth distribution in 2010

    Wealth distribution in 2010

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The Film

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have "rigged the game in their favor," and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.

In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in the U.S., it has accelerated sharply over the last 40 years. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the populace — 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.

The Filmmakers

  1. ALEX GIBNEYDirector
  2. Blair FosterProducer