Poor Kids

DVD, 2013, PBS, 60 minutes, CC, Grades 7-Adult

These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. Its home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation’s breadbasket, but it’s also an area deeply scarred by the recession. For months, this documentary follows three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families struggles against financial ruin. The result is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children.

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