Watch Living on One Dollar
- 53 min
“Living on One Dollar” is a documentary film and tool to help empower the extreme poor to take the first steps out of poverty. It follows Ryan Christoffersen, Sean Leonard, Zach Ingrasci, and Chris Temple as they set out on a journey of pain, struggle, and triumph. This film differs from other documentaries of its kind, because instead of just showing images and footage of people living in poverty it connects the viewers with the people who struggle with this issue everyday of their lives. This story follows the four friends as they navigate through their journey to live in rural Guatemala for eight long weeks, with a mere dollar a day to live on. With $56.00 to make last for 56-days they will each face trials and tribulations they never imagined. Determined to learn to live as the local population does they share a one room shack with no luxuries or things they would normally consider necessities. This film covers the important and often over looked aspects of poverty, including finding a will and a way to survive. During the course of the film they battle insects, disease, undernourishment, and even the simplest battle of cooking a proper meal becomes a hurdle for them to overcome. Being forced to have to share 3,600 calories a day among four people they truly realize what poverty means. They lived among disgusting parasites, and living conditions the average person would consider horrible. They soon discovered that there were no easy answers. However, with the strength and generosity of Rosa, a 20 year old woman, and a 12 year old boy by the name of Chino, the boys gained incredible hope and strength that there are ways of making a difference. This film is a summer long journey for four men, but for many people it is a way of life.