Price: $310.00

    Code: 2270

    Directed by Fredrik Gertten
    2005, 59 Minutes
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    When the Argentine economy collapsed in 2001, even the comfortably middle-class suddenly found themselves poor and struggling to survive. An Ordinary Family chronicles the experience of one family in Buenos Aires during this crisis.

    The Borroni family's future was bright: The husband and father, Oscar, had it all: he managed an oil company, had a great house, new car, numerous credit cards - American Express, Visa and MasterCard. He traveled to the United States, Mexico and Europe. His wife Maria studied medicine and their three children attended private schools.

    But without warning it was all over. The Borroni family woke up one morning and discovered that all their savings had vanished. The national crisis had become a personal one. Like many, they had to learn to survive without money, which meant becoming adept at the new barter economy. But with the bank threatening to foreclose on their home, they were forced to make a painful decision, remain in the country they love, or leave everything behind and start a new life elsewhere.

    Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten (director of The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower) followed the Borroni family for three years, documenting their struggle to recover their dignity and identity. The film movingly depicts how one family can overcome a seemingly insurmountable crisis, as it explores the effect globalization can have on the life and economy of a country.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006
    * Official Selection, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, 2006
    * Official Selection, International Documentary Film Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2006
    * Official Selection, Docs Barcelona Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, Tempo Dokumentärfestival, Stockholm, Sweden, 2005
    * Official Selection, Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, 2005