Welfare (1975)

This in-depth look at the nature and complexity of the welfare system prompted New York Social Welfare Commissioner James R. Dumpson to comment, "I wish all the public, as well as legislators and politicians, could see this film. It… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The psychology of poverty has rarely been so well depicted, along with the inadequacy of the bureaucracy itself: the ostensible objectivity of the law rests on the subjective judgments, even the good will, of the caseworkers.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of Frederick Wiseman's strongest documentaries.

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