Temple and Ingrasci: Living on One Dollar | 2013

Not quite poverty porn, but at best an experiment in hardship. Chris Temple (from New York), Zach Ingrasci (from Seattle) and film-maker friends Sean and Ryan – privileged white young American college students studying International Development at the Claremont McKenna College, decide to spend a summer at the rural Guatemalan village of Peña Blanca where a majority of the population are pegged much below the ‘poverty line.’ The daunting realities of existing through zero to no income, the hardships of deprivation of proper shelter and nourishment, drinking water and health amenities, makes them more than realize as to how more than a billion people around the world persist through the grim less-than-a-dollar-a-day. Along the way, they manage to bond with the locals in a spirit of camaraderie – short lived though, for they have to return to their privileged white American lives. To their credit, Chris and Zach go on later to co-found the Living on One organization, mobilizing funds for education and micro-finance work in the village of Peña Blanca. Watch.

Living on 1 Dollar a Day 2013 Documentary


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