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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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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Taking a longer look at lives, 28 February 2006
Author: maisannes from United States

Waging a Living looks at the lives of several people who feel that it is difficult for themselves to get ahead or pay the bills even though they have full-time employment. A waitress, security guard, CNA and an elder care activity leader face the challenges of rising costs of living, raising dependent children, social services regulations and just plain life.

The documentary's strongest asset is that instead of the snapshots usually seen on the nightly news, these people are followed for several years so we can see the steady stream of immediate problems along with the slower solutions such as education, unionization and patient persistence.

Watching the movie filled me with a combination of gratitude for my own circumstances and insecurity from knowing that I am not too far away from living paycheck to paycheck myself.

My only concern about the film is that it is imbalanced by focusing on the external causes of their conditions but does not point out as much what choices these people made in the past to place themselves in these positions. For instance, we are not told why one person lost his job, or why disability claims were not taken earlier, or why they have so many children and so on. Then again, perhaps the filmmakers thought that "blaming the victim" was unwarranted.

Lastly, two of the four people are members of the same union, even though they live on different coasts, and are both shown as active union members. I wonder how these people came to be chosen for the documentary, and if their union somehow was involved in the making of the film.

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