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Waging a Living (2005)

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 low wage jobs that do ... See full summary »

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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 - one in four workers - are stuck in low wage jobs that do not provide the basics for a decent life. WAGING A LIVING chronicles the battle of four low-wage workers to lift their families out of poverty. 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 workers who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to escape poverty, WAGING A LIVING offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream. Written by Anonymous

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thought provoking
26 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I found this to be a fairly even handed approach to the topic. (I suppose in reality this is difficult to gauge - not knowing how much footage was not used.) I do think there was a bit of emotional sensationalism employed early on in the movie. Yet over all I felt the director did an adequate job letting the people and their situations speak for themselves. By simply presenting these real life people and their struggles - without trying to judge or preach or even suggest solutions - it was left for the audience to be moved. And ultimately, this film stirred my heart. True, we often like to have problems packaged and solutions laid out before us - but this problem certainly has no easy answers. Thus I appreciated the director's decision to merely attempt to bring awareness to the ever growing disparity between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'. It is unquestionably tragic that so many Americans (and people all over the world for that matter) can be driven, hard working people, and yet struggle to provide the basic necessities for their loved ones. This documentary reminded me how richly God has blessed me and how great a responsibility it is to share that blessing with as many people as possible. I hope many people will see this film.


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