Row House Cinema

March 26
7 p.m.

What would it really be like to live on one dollar a day?

Four young filmmakers—Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard and Ryan Christofferson—set out to do just that in Guatemala. What they discovered along the way became the inspiring material for their 2013 documentary film, Living On One Dollar.

See the informative film during a special screening event on Thursday, March 26th at Row House Cinema. Proceeds will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation, which works to alleviate poverty through microcredit in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

The event will also feature a panel discussion about micro-lending, with experts from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Chatham University and Kiva Pittsburgh.

Living On One Dollar—which actually began as a series of YouTube videos that went viral—chronicles the experiences these four college friends faced as they subsisted on less than $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. Their journey included encountering hunger, parasites and “the realization that there are no easy answers.” Ultimately the men find hope, as well as effective ways to make a difference, when they experience the generosity and strength of 20-year old woman Rosa and 12-year-old boy Chino.

Shedding light on the realities of living in extreme poverty, the film also explores the role of Whole Planet Foundation-funded microfinance projects in Guatemala.

Winner of Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival, the film went on to receive endorsements from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross. The film’s creators have taken Living On One Dollar on a national tour to major universities and have garnered high-profile coverage on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose.

Tickets are $12; 100 percent of ticket proceeds will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. To reserve tickets in advance, call 412-904-3225. Light fare will be served.