Event Details

Crossroads Film: Living on One Dollar

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library
  • 18


Crossroads Film Series:

Living on One Dollar

October 20th, 2021

Portsmouth Public Library

6:30 - 8:30

Per WACNH and Portsmouth Public Library Policy, all guests, over the age of 6, will be required to wear a mask while inside the building.

What is it like to live, as over 1 billion people do today, on only one dollar per day? The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to present "Living on One Dollar" as a part of the Crossroads Film Series. This series, focused on illuminating films about international topics, provides the audience with a multimedia experience to better understand these complex issues. Each film is followed by an in-person speaker who will answer questions about the central issues of the film.

In this documentary, four friends travel to Guatemala to experience what it is like to spend no more than $1 per day for eight weeks. This life changing journey shows the audience the challenges faced by so many people just to survive, while also the generosity they encounter along the way. They battle hunger, parasites, and almost daily rain storms in their attempts to better understand how global poverty impacts the lives of so many. 

The post film discussion, lead by UNH Professor Dr. Mary Malone, will focus on the global impacts of poverty and how the effects are felt right here in New Hampshire. Conversations on big solutions and local actions that can make a difference will close out the discussions.

About the Speaker

Mary Fran T. Malone is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire.  Her research focuses on political attitudes and behaviors in Latin America, particularly citizen support for the rule of law, political institutions, and democratic governance.  

Prof. Malone is currently working on a book, Fighting Crime without Destroying Democracy:  Lessons from Latin America, which examines how democracies can build police forces that fight crime while also protecting the civil liberties and rights of the citizens they serve.  She also has written articles for academics, practitioners, and the broader public about crime and migration in Central America.  She has served as an expert witness for immigration hearings for Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States and Canada.

About the Film

Living on One Dollar is a film and tool to help empower the extreme poor to take the first steps out of poverty.

The film follows the story of four young friends who set out to live on just one dollar a day for eight weeks in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers. Yet, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20 year old woman, and Chino, a 12 year old boy gives them resilient hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.

Join Zach and Chris as they narrate this gripping journey of understanding. You will come away with a deep empathy for the people of Peña Blanca and feel empowered that you CAN change the world.

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