WATCH: Documentary Examines Lives of Unemployed AC Casino Workers
2014 was a brutal year in Atlantic City : 8,000 jobs were lost in 2014 after the closure of four of the city’s 12 struggling casinos.
Now the Media Mobilizing Project has released a documentary , Building a Sandcastle: A Broken Promise to Atlantic City, that tracks the lives of unemployed casino workers from the many high-profile closures that occurred in 2014.
“The casinos industry in this area, and our union, is like the lifeblood of the communities around here,” said Alfred Kare sadly, a server at the Trump Taj Mahal.
People interviewed in the documentary lamented the state of Atlantic City, where many of them had grown up and lived for their entire lives.
“It’s like when you’re a little kid, they take you to the ocean, you’re building a sandcastle and you’re all proud of the sandcastle,” one woman said, “and then a wave comes and knocks it all out.”
The doc is just under 15 minutes long. Check it out.