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Watch: Barbara Kopple’s New Short Documentary for Free

Fortune has partnered with WorkingNation to distribute four episodes of “FutureWork,” a series of digital shorts by award-winning director Barbara Kopple.

The first of the films, A Story of Yesterday & Today, which explores the demise of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY, and the impact it has had on local families, is available for free now. You can watch it above. It is also available at Fortune.com, Time.com and WorkingNation.com.

WorkingNation is a new not-for-profit national campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the looming unemployment crisis and skills gap in the United States.

The series consists of four 10-minute episodes that explore dramatic changes in U.S. workforce and highlight solutions to equip workers with new skills. Future episodes will premiere on Fortune.com and Time.com in the coming weeks.

“There used to be tens of thousands of workers employed behind the scenes making the film we once used. Today digital technology requires far fewer,” Kopple said, in a statement. “What happened to Kodak and Rochester is happening all over America in many ways. The story of this incredible period of change is one I really wanted to explore. On the surface, the rate of change is frightening. Through the people we met, I found that there is tremendous hope and resiliency. I learned something new about the human spirit as those most effected found new and even greater meaning as they transitioned to new careers amidst difficult circumstances.”

Kopple’s previous works include the feature-length documentaries Harlan County, USA, which won the 196 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and American Dream, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1991.

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