The Common Good

Facing the Poverty Line – An Invitation to a Film Viewing

Date: September 28, 2012

As a way of reflecting on this question Sojourners together with a number of partners has produced a film called The Line.

The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me.From Chicago's suburbs and west side to the Gulf Coast to North Carolina, millions of Americans are struggling every day to make it above The Line.

 In the Chicago suburbs, a single dad was laid off from his bank and is now a regular at the local food pantry, trying to make it by with three kids.     

On the Gulf Coast, a fisherman struggles post-BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina because environmental crises mean the loss of his livelihood.  In North Carolina, we see that hard work and determination don't always mean success. 

What does this mean for the future of our country? How do real-life stories change the narrative about poverty?