Waging A Living (#1908)
The term "working poor" should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans-one in four workers-are stuck in jobs that do not pay for the basics of a decent life. Waging a Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to escape poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream. A co-presentation with Thirteen/WNET New York. [86 minutes]
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