AMERICAN BROADCAST PREMIERE ON PBS'S ACCLAIMED P.O.V. SERIES
National Awards include:
Cine Masters Series Award (Grand Prize), New Jersey International Film Festival Grand Prize Winner, Columbus International Film and Video Festival The Silver Chris Award (Best of Its Division), Philadelphia International Film Festival Silver Award
Cinequest Film Festival, Asheville Film Festival, Fort Meyers Beach Film Festival, Indiefest Chicago, Kansas International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, Pacific Palisades Film Festival, Red Bank International Film Festival, Santa Cruz Film Festival, Tiburon Film Festival, Seoul International Labor Film Festival
If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans - one in four workers - are stuck in low wage jobs that do not provide the basics for a decent life. WAGING A LIVING chronicles the battle of four low-wage workers 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 workers 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.
"An eye-opening, often heartbreaking documentary about America's working poor.ŹNeither hectoring nor sanctimonious, the film plays like an illustrated version of Barbara Ehrenreich's recent best-seller "Nickel and Dimed," and has an editing style that's brisk and unexploitative."
-Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Inspiring sobering thoughts...gives you what you want, if what you want are dismally deferred American Dreams and harsh economic realities. And you should."
-Peter L'Official, The Village Voice
"Raw, straightforward and both alarming and hopeful...WAGING A LIVING could be the most important movie you'll see this year."
-Eleanor Sullivan, Home News Tribune.
"Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen."
-Christian Science Monitor, David Sterritt