The Scripps College Humanities Institute Fall 2007 Documentary Film Series
UNEQUAL WE STAND: What Future for the American Middle Class?
WAGING A LIVING
Roger Weisberg and Pamela Harris, Directors
USA, 2005, 85 min
Thursday, October 11, 2007
(Scripps College Performing Arts Center)
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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(909) 621-8326, or visit our website
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 pay less than the federal poverty level for a family of four. WAGING A LIVING chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to make work pay. 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 lift their families out of poverty, WAGING A LIVING offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.