Death Of The American Dream? (2008): The credit crunch has hit hard middle-class America hard. Many are using at as an opportunity to re-evaluate what is important to them. For similar stories, see: On The Streets Of The Greek Financial Crisis www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDfOFzAKB-w Has Wall Street Created Another Housing Crisis? www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V1IMBzH2J8 Wage Crisis: The USA's New Underclass www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_3zmBUCVcI Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: www.journeyman.tv/film/4190/death-of-the-american-dream Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/JourneymanVOD twitter.com/JourneymanNews Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/journeymanpictures The financial crisis is hitting middle-class America, as families are forced onto the streets. Some say its the end of the American dream but for others this is a chance to redefine whats important. In California, the credit crunch has had a devastating effect on families that bought expensive houses with no down payment and high interest rates. The houses wont sell and their owners are left with nothing. A growing number of people find refuge in car parks, sleeping in their vehicles until they find another job. This is the flipside of American life. No-one is looking out for you. Craig used to run a successful business but now lives in a borrowed van with his wife and two kids. Despite the setback, he isnt bitter. Life in a car park has made him redefine the American dream for himself. Now he measures abundance in personal happiness rather than material possessions: I'm less encumbered . and I become more pleased with each new step. Barbara is another casualty of the credit crunch. She lost her job as a notary and had nowhere to go. After a few months sleeping in her car, shes found housing again but the experience was an eye-opener: People who are broken by being homeless are dependent on all of their belongings and possessions as their identity. And that isn't who they are. It seems many more will have to find out for themselves. SBS Australia – Ref. 4190 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.