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The term "working poor" should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Roger Weisberg 
Pamela Harris (co-director)
Frances Reid (co-director)
Edward Rosenstein (co-director)
Produced by
Pamela Harris .... co-producer
Deborah Clancy Porfido .... associate producer (as Deborah Clancy)
Frances Reid .... co-producer
Edward Rosenstein .... co-producer
Roger Weisberg .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Fiocca 
Cinematography by
Jim Arnold 
Rick Butler 
Brian Danitz 
Vicente Franco 
Slawomir Grunberg 
John Hazard 
Hilary Morgan 
Peter Nelson 
Mark Stoddard 
Fawn Yacker 
Film Editing by
Sandra Christie 
Lewis Erskine 
Christopher White 
Production Management
Tammy Arnstein .... production manager
Alexis Jallad .... production manager
Corrie Kaufman .... production manager
Jessie Pepper .... production manager
Sound Department
Tom Bergin .... sound
Ray Day .... sound
William Doll .... sound
Richard Fleming .... sound
Francisco La Torre .... sound
Lawrence Loewinger .... sound
Jason Longo .... sound
Dow McKeever .... sound editor
Dow McKeever .... sound re-recording mixer
Marsha McKeever .... sound editor
Gabriel Miller .... sound
Lauretta Molitor .... sound
York Phelps .... sound
Juan Rodriguez .... sound
Bernard Russo .... sound
John Steadwell .... sound
Visual Effects by
Rob Roth .... title designer
Editorial Department
Josh Braslow .... assistant editor
Other crew
Aspen Baker .... production assistant
Chris Borgia .... production intern
Kaity Cheng .... production intern
Lea Cho .... production intern
Heather Clayton .... production intern
Emily Dimiero .... production intern
Alexander Emerson .... production intern
Solange Jorge .... production intern
Andrew Levine .... production intern
Beth Levine .... production intern
Mei Chun Lin .... production intern
Sonal Mahida .... production intern
Colette Mercier .... production assistant
Dee Ouellette .... production assistant
Daniel Powell .... production intern
Ruby Privateer .... production assistant
Sheela Reddy .... production intern
Adrian Rodelo .... production assistant
Dani Rotstein .... production intern
Shane Sahadi .... production assistant
Jennifer Schoen .... production intern
Elyse Steinberg .... production intern
Jessica Windt .... production intern

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USA:85 min


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
striking reality, 14 January 2007
Author: postmanwhoalwaysringstwice from usa

"Waging a Living" tells four inter-cut stories of strife and struggle from the streets of America, as it examines the many nuances of being part of the growing population of 'working poor'. Each story becomes more eye-opening than the last, as we get to intimately know the four people the film spotlights. Overall the film shows a faulty system rife with one catch-22 situation after another, where attempts to move away from poverty only prove to create a new type of poverty.

The DVD of "Waging a Living" contains a short film called "Rosevelt's America" that feels less like a companion piece and more like a missing storyline from the film, and does not have its own reference on IMDb. It was made by the same filmmakers as "Waging a Living", and it follows a good natured Liberian refugee who also struggles from paycheck to paycheck, but sees the U.S. system with an outsider's optimistic perspective, full of hope and promise. On the other hand "Waging a Living" offers a far gloomier picture, so in a matter of speaking if they are taken together a much broader scope of the situation is revealed.

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