Hidden in America
|Hidden in America|
Michael De Guzma
|Country of origin||United States|
David R. Ginsburg
Monte Factor (associate producer)
|Cinematography||James R. Bagdonas|
|Running time||93 minutes|
The End Hunger Network
Fred Berner Films
Hidden in America is a 1996
This article's plot summary may be
Willa and Caroline are playing
Bill takes Willa to the clinic because her coughing and headaches are getting worse. Bill wants to know what's wrong with her but Michael refuses to tell him anything until the results of the tests come back.
While grocery shopping, the kids scarf down as many free samples as they can until the employee tells them that the samples are just incentives for people to buy. Robbie pretends he's going to buy some but then leaves them on a shelf when he walks away. When they check out Bill doesn't have enough money to pay for all the groceries so he's forced to put some back.
At this point Robbie starts skipping school to find ways to earn money. At first he helps people bring their groceries to their car and then he walks through the park looking for cans and bottles to recycle. Eventually he comes across a
At Caroline's house while playing make-believe, Willa steals some food from the Millerton's pantry and hides it in her school bag. Caroline's mother notices but doesn't confront her about it because she doesn't know what to say. Feeling bad, however, she gives Willa a bag of
Bill has to work a double shift at the fast food restaurant so he's not able to bring Willa to her doctor's appointment. Michael meets Bill at work to give him an update on Willa. He says that Willa's
Bill goes for a job interview for a
The next day Bill finds a job at a car wash through a
That night, Willa's health starts getting much worse. She cries and coughs all night. The only thing that Bill can do to make her feel better is to sing her a
Finally realizing he has no choice, he breaks down and for the first time goes to apply for
At the auto shop, Gus tells Robbie that the car they've been trying to fix is almost done except that it needs a new
Bill happens to walk by a
Meanwhile, Robbie goes to see Gus and finds that the car isn't there. Unfortunately she wasn't able to sell it. Angela, a girl who works with her, borrowed the car the night before to see her boyfriend and ended up in a
When he gets home Willa tries to console him seeing that he's very upset. Robbie just ignores her, so she goes outside. Thinking that there is no more hope, Robbie trashes the
When Bill returns home he finds Willa waiting for him on the outside steps. He is excited to tell her and Robbie about his new job as a construction worker. They go inside to find Robbie passed out in the bathtub. The showerhead had broken.
At the hospital Robbie wakes up and confesses to his father about stealing the money. Bill is just happy to see that Robbie will be alright. Later, we see Willa and Caroline playing in a park. Caroline notices that Willa is sad but tries to pretend like nothing is wrong. Playfully, she starts tossing flower petals at Willa but she is too tired to play along.
The credits end with the following caption:
|“||On any given night, up to 5 million children in America go to bed hungry.
How many of us will wake up in the morning and think about solutions?