Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Living On One Dollar

We just watched the Netflix documentary Living On One Dollar, a film made by four college students who try to live on a dollar per day in the tiny community of Peña Blanca in eastern Guatemala.  It's amazing!  Please watch it with your family.  It reminded me so much of the even smaller community of Nuevo San Jose where I lived for five months fifteen years ago.

It's sad to see that so little has changed in Guatemala during fifteen years, but it's very heartening to see a group of young people dedicate themselves to focusing a sharp lens on why it's so hard to escape from poverty.  What's different about this documentary is its extensive use of interviews with the residents of the community and reflections by the students themselves over the course of their eight-week stay, all filmed in "real time".