December 13, 2017

Welfare

When:
October 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
2017-10-13T19:00:00-05:00
2017-10-13T19:15:00-05:00
Where:
4070 Vilas Hall
Vilas Communication Hall
821 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706
USA
Contact:
UW Cinematheque
Welfare @ 4070 Vilas Hall | Madison | Wisconsin | United States

WELFARE
USA | 1975 | 16mm | 167 min.
Director: Frederick Wiseman
In a government assistance office in 1970s New York City, workers try to explain a maze of rules and requirements to desperate people who find themselves shuffled between offices with little to show for it. With unflinching attention on prolonged, circular interviews, Wiseman observes a bureaucracy that can be just as frustrating and unmoving for its employees as the people who need their help. Welfare is a compelling study of a complicated American system that puzzles and discourages its citizens as often as it fulfills its purpose.