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The Invisible Heart - Social Impact Bonds: Where Capitalism and Charity Intersect
This documentary provides an expansive and compelling overview into the world of social impact bonds (SIBs). THE INVISIBLE HEART calls into question the responsibilities of governments and private citizens as it follows many stakeholders' viewpoints on this innovative social endeavor:…
Frontline: Left Behind America - Ohio Citizens Fight for Economic Revitalization
PBS
Intimate stories of one Rust Belt city's struggle to recover in the post-recession economy. FRONTLINE reports on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once-booming city where nearly 35 percent of people now live in poverty.
Dream Walking - Chinese Artists Living in Poverty
This film follows four artists living on the margins of society whose passionate discussions belie their stark and impoverished living conditions. The subjects are performance artist Li Wake, painters Wang Yongping and Ding Defu, and poet Motou Beibei, who is…
Dispatches From Cleveland - Communities Fighting for Social Change
This documentary closely examines the rust-belt city of Cleveland, one of the most racially divided American cities in the wake of the police murder of Tamir Rice. DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND follows ordinary people - long shaken by police misconduct, social…
Dark Days - A Homeless Community Beneath the Subway Tunnels of NYC
This acclaimed documentary explores the surprisingly domestic subterranean world of a homeless community living in a train tunnel beneath NYC. Through stories heartbreaking and hilarious, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground. With…
Welcome Nowhere - A Community of Roma People Fighting for Homes
Narrated by multi- Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, WELCOME NOWHERE tells the true story of one community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) living in Bulgaria. After being evicted from their homes, over 200 of them are forced to…
Night School - Four Students Fight for Success in Indiana's Troubled School System
Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Victims of circumstance and a broken system, Greg, Melissa, and Shynika are optimistic that they won't end up on the wrong side of statistics. Official Selection at…
Mighty Ground - The Journey of a Songwriter Living on Skid Row
This documentary follows the journey of Ronald Troy Collins, a gifted songwriter living on the streets of Skid Row, and the impact he makes on those who come to love him. A living example of redemption and what it means…
Rich Hill - The Challenges and Dreams of Teenagers in a Rural American Town
Rich Hill, Missouri could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are…
The Short Films of Elizabeth Lo - Short Documentaries on America's Overlooked Communities
A remarkable talent in the documentary arena, Elizabeth Lo's moving films highlight American societies' overlooked communities as they navigate the increasing states of inequality. Often forgotten, or even subjugated, by official institutions, Lo's sharp eye captures subjects young and old…
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ACORN and the Firestorm - An Anti-Poverty Organization Fighting for the Voiceless
If you were impoverished and politically voiceless, ACORN hoped to change your mind. For 40 years, the community-organizing group sought to empower marginalized communities. Its critics, though, believed ACORN exemplified everything wrong with liberal ideals. Fueled by a YouTube video…
No Room in Paradise - A Close Look at the Homeless Population in Hawaii
With some of the most expensive housing in America and the nation's worst homeless crisis, the paradise of Hawaii comes with a price. Filmmakers Anthony Aalto and Mike Hinchey spent two years following two single mothers and their kids from…
The Homestretch - Three Homeless Teenagers Fighting for Their Future
This Emmy -winning documentary follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work…
A Road to Home - Stories of Homeless LGBTQ Youth of New York City
Imagine yourself 18 years old wandering city streets without a place to go to sleep or eat or shelter from the cold. Imagine you're homeless because your parents kicked you out when they discovered you are gay or transgender. This…
Spanish Lake - Political and Economic Oppression in Missouri
A bold and uncompromising documentary focused on economic oppression in the suburb of Spanish Lake, Missouri. Operating without a local government, the lack of community leadership has disastrous effects, including a mass exodus of the white population in the late…
Take It From Me - An Intimate Look at the Human Impact of Welfare Reform
This is the story of four women struggling against great odds to raise themselves and their families out of poverty in New York City. It is also an in-depth look at the human impact of the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act…
A House Divided - Inequality in Housing in New York City
Part of the Series: America Divided
Norman Lear explores the housing divide in New York City, where he is confronted by one of the nation's starkest images of inequality: a record number of homeless people living in the shadows of luxury skyscrapers filled with apartments purposely…
Living on One Dollar - Fighting Poverty Through Empowerment and Understanding
This award-winning documentary is a 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…
Paul - A Young South African Boy Dreams of Being a Surfer
Screened at 15 international film festivals, winning two awards, this eye-opening short documentary follows a 12-year-old aspiring surfer from a poverty-stricken township outside of Capetown, South-Africa. Paul dreams of becoming a surfer but this isn't easy for township boys. There…
The Other Kids - Soccer Changing the Lives of Youth in Uganda
This inspiring story reveals the power of football to change people's lives. Hundreds of millions of kids play football every day. For many of them, football grants are the only way to access education or the ticket to a better…