Thursday, August 6th | 1:15PM – 2:00PM
- The Honorable Chuck DeVore – Vice President of National Initiatives, Texas Public Policy Foundation
- Avik Roy – President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
- Chris Rufo – Director, Center for Wealth, Poverty, & Morality, Discovery Institute; Executive Director, The Documentary Foundation
America Lost is a feature documentary that explores life in three “forgotten American cities”—Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California.
The film reveals the dramatic decline of the American interior through a combination of emotional personal stories and thoughtful conservative commentary. Filmmaker Christopher F. Rufo spent five years gathering these intimate portraits of Americans on the edge, including an ex-steelworker scrapping abandoned homes to survive, a recently incarcerated father trying to rebuild his life, and a single mother dreaming of escaping her blighted urban neighborhood.
Ultimately, despite these grave challenges, the film offers a glimpse of hope for rebuilding America’s families and communities from the bottom up.