Directed by Frederick Wiseman (USA, 1975, 167 min.). 16mm.

Welfare shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare: housing, unemployment, divorce, medical and psychiatric problems, abandoned and abused children, and the elderly. These issues are presented in a context where welfare workers as well as clients struggle to cope with and interpret the laws and regulations that govern their work and life.

“I wish all the public, as well as all legislators and politicians, could see this film. It could have been made in any urban area in the United States …” —James R. Dumpson, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Welfare, in Better Times


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