'People Like Us,' last film of diversity series, to be shown Oct. 25

Western Today staff

"People Like Us: Social Class in America" will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Wilson Library Room 164F as part of the library's Diversity Film Festival.

The film discusses the question of how income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class. Class is an important predictor of what financial and educational opportunities someone will have in life, according to the film, yet it's often harder to spot than racial or ethnic differences.

The film looks at how class really works in America, examining how it affects our understanding of race and gender, investigating the exclusion of class from the national debate and probing the ways in which class differences shape daily life. The documentary filmmakers traveled across the country to gather stories that will resonate with viewers regardless of where they see themselves on the social spectrum — stories of family traditions, class mobility and different lifestyle choices. An exciting cast of characters and commentators help make the connections between daily life and the larger issues of class in America.

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:51am