Exposing the Dirty Little Secrets Behind Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure
One of America's proudest achievements, our national infrastructure, is now its most dangerous embarrassment. Our bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting American citizens and cities at risk. How could the most powerful nation on the planet let this happen?
Narrated by Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss and featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives and careers to speak out, and politians from both sides of the aisle (including Barack Obama and John McCain), this searing documentary exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us.
It reveals how much-needed funding is misappropriated for questionable uses, how the Army Corps of Engineers is more concerned with self-serving transitions into corporate America, and how we’ve wasted taxpayer dollars building other nation’s infrastructures and not our own. It is the story of how lobbyists and greedy politicians funnel money to pet projects; how those sent to investigate and police abuses are often bribed into silence, and how shoddy planning and construction frequently contribute to the erosion and destruction of our cities. America Betrayed is both a cautionary tale for those who trust their government, and a wake-up call to Washington – and Americans everywhere.
"With America Betrayed the government’s secrets are out." - Errol Louis, New York Daily News
"Scorching..." - Tina Daunt, Los Angeles Times
"This documentary will give you a new view of your government. See it!"
- Eric Asher, Fox News Radio
"A smart, galvanizing documentary. As it notes, 'New Orleans is not an isolated case, but a cautionary tale of what goes on across the United States,' and the film includes examples of other (imminent or documented) infrastructure failures, in Florida, California, and, of course, Minnesota, where the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed... In these and other cases, the film argues persuasively, private interests repeatedly trump public interests."
- Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters.com
See details about this film's theatrical
- Interview with Director Leslie Cardé
- Bonus Scenes: "Whistleblowers," "Revolving Doors" & "Scratching Backs"
- Resource Guide
Release Year: 2008
Running Time: 94 minutes