'Frontline' tonight: 'Close To Home' may hit close to your home

Tonight on Frontline, producer Ofra Bikel, who as far as I’m concerned deserved every award ever minted for television for her documentary exposes of the hoax-child-abuse scandals in 1991’s Innocence Lost, will present a new documentary. Close To Home is simply a portrait of her Manhattan hairdrsser… but as usual with Bikel, nothing is simple. Close To Home opens up as a series of portraits, of many lives affected by current economic conditions.

By letting her cameras roll as one customer after another tells a tale of hard work, faith in our leaders to help us in these distressed times, and, ultimately, hard work and faith betrayed by the near-impossible conditions under which many of us now attempt to find or keep a job, Bikel has produced another moving, chilling, and essential documentary.

Check your local PBS listings. You can afford to miss Dancing With The Stars for one night to watch something this good.

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  • celbabs

    You know what…alright Ken, I will. I don’t have to skip DWTS as I don’t watch it but I *will* watch the documentary (or at least DVR it).

  • ChattyCathy

    All the money is more and more in the hands of just a few while the rest of us tighten our belts and starve, die of disease, cold or heat etc. Do you really think our government cares? or the big corporations? Government should break the conglomerates like it did the monopolies! Make it illegal for one company to own all these other companiers even though they are different businesses because it now is as bad as a monopoly!! It has ruined this country!

  • housefrau99

    More immigrants will solve all problems

  • Debbie

    I have been unemployed since May 2008. I cannot tell how it moved me to see so many qualified, intelligent people who are out of work like myself. These people expressed the same fears, concerns and anger that I myself have dealt with the last year and a half. It is very, very difficult to get work. Extremely difficult. Every thing is done on-line. A face to face interview rarely, if ever happens. Though the program was very depressing, it was a very realistic picture of what it is really like to be unemployed in these economic times. I am so angry at the banks, the mortgage lenders, the greedy CEO’s and our government that does not see to care one iota for it’s citizens. We are hard working people who have paid our dues, our taxes and contributed to society and yet who bails us out? It is extremely draining and battering to the self esteem to be unemployed. Thank you Ms. Bikel for your insightful and compassionate documentary.

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