America Lost Documentary

Restoring Hope in America's Forgotten Cities

“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.

About Director Christopher F. Rufo

Christopher F. Rufo is a documentary filmmaker, contributing editor at City Journal, and research fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty, & Morality. His America Lost presentation weaves together insights from making the film, political analysis about our “lost American cities,” and strategies to restore poor American communities from the bottom up. He’s spoken to groups as large as 10,000 people, connecting with audiences and engaging them in thoughtful Q&A sessions after screening the film.

America Lost Website