The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales

87 mins


In this personal essay documentary, filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney grapples with America’s profound inequality crisis. The story begins in 2018, after Abigail encounters workers at Disney struggling to put food on the table. Could she use her famous last name to help pressure Disney and other American corporations to treat low-wage workers more humanely? Believing her conservative grandfather Roy Disney would never have tolerated employee hunger at “The Happiest Place On Earth,” Abigail reexamines the story of modern American capitalism from the middle of the last century to today. What happened? What Abigail learns about racism, corporate power and the “American Dream” is eye-opening and inspiring.

Colorado Premiere

Production Team

Kathleen Hughes
Abigail E. Disney

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Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2022 Mountainfilm Festival.