No matter how bad you got it someone always has it much worst… so be thankful & inspired!
In the documentary “Living on One,” a couple college students travel to rural Guatemala and live on one dollar a day. Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci both were economic majors and attend Columbia University; while studying about economic development and learning about extreme poverty they were inspired to shoot this documentary.
Statistically about 1.1 billion people live under $1 a day. Chris and Zach both felt that they could they could do something to shine some light on poverty by living under a dollar a day for two months in rural Guatemala.
Zach stated: “We knew that we’d never be able to truly replicate poverty but we did believe that this would be a valuable experience and a great way of sharing the stories of our neighbors as well. We were engaging our friends and bringing them along on this journey, cause we were planning on shooting video blogs while we were down there.
We applied for funding to 13 different places and got rejected from all of them. But we truly believed in this idea and finally got some last minute funding. Chris actually had told his parents that we weren’t going to go through with it and it wasn’t gonna work because we just didn’t have the money to fly down there. A lot of people were like, “Oh good. That wasn’t a good idea anyways.” That was pretty shocking because people had been pretty supportive.
We talked through it and we believed in this concept. We got last-minute funding from Whole Planet Foundation because they believed in the idea as well, and then from the students from Claremont McKenna College. With about $4000 we had enough money for tickets to fly the four of us down to shoot the thing. So we just went and did it.
Talk about persistance… They two began a national tour on with the film on Sept. 8 and have submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival and South By Southwest in hopes of breaking more ground. Check out the video above which highlights their journey and leave your thoughts.