Door County Event – Film Explores America’s Culture of Debt

In Debt We Trust, a documentary film focused on the deterioration of the American economy, will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) October 21 at 7 pm. The latest film by Emmy-winning producer, Danny Schechter, investigates why so many Americans are being strangled by debt. It is a journalistic confrontation with what former Reagan advisor Kevin Phillips calls "Financialization, [the] powerful emergence of a debt-and-credit industrial complex."

While many Americans may be "maxing out" on credit cards, there is a deeper story: power is shifting into fewer hands, with frightening consequences. Americans and the American government owe trillions in consumer debt. Schechter stated that “The experience of making this film has led me to understand how many policies and practices are tied to a growing national debt burden.”

As the growing number of bankruptcies and foreclosures testifies, our national debt is mirrored by a skyrocketing consumer debt, with an increasing number of individuals and families unable to cope.

In Debt We Trust is the second film in the Movies that Matter series sponsored by the UU Social Responsibility Committee. The films are shown on the third Tuesday of each month at no charge. The public is invited to view the films and join the discussion afterwards.

The UUFDC is located at 10341 Highway 42, Ephraim. For more information, call 920.854.7559 or visit