Beneath The Veneer is an independent documentary film about opportunity, success and inequity in the United States.
What is success in the United States, and what does it take to succeed? The American Dream tells us that hard work and determination can overcome any obstacle on the path to success. Yet history has shown that those without access to wealth, power or privilege are less likely to experience success. If wealth, power and privilege have traditionally enabled individuals and communities to succeed, how do historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities prepare their youth for the future? And what does that look like through the eyes of their youth?
Beneath the Veneer is a story set in Asheville, North Carolina. It is also an American story, one that is being lived by millions of people every day; from Southern Appalachia across North Carolina; from The South to the rest of the US. In pursuit of this story we go beneath the veneer of the American Dream and ask–what are the obstacles to success, how and by whom are they being challenged, what is success, what does it take to succeed? And ultimately, what does this mean to these young men, their friends, their families, their communities and their country?