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Tender and eye-opening, Waging a Living takes an unwavering look at America's working poor--people who work hard and play by the rules but never seem to get ahead.

Over three years, the film follows four hard-working individuals as they strive for their piece of the American Dream but find only low wages, dead end jobs, and a tattered safety net in their way. As they raise children, try to get a college degree, and take care of sick relatives, these working class heroes make you root for them to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Mixing stunning facts about poverty and social injustice with the personal testimony of real-life workers, two-time Academy Award-nominated director Roger Weisberg cuts through the fog of politics and prejudice to bring the disturbing reality of the working poor into the light of day.

"A film with immense compassion and riveting drama" (San Francisco Weekly), Waging a Living will anger, inspire, and rouse the soul.


Studio New Video Group
SKU 202808599
UPC 767685977637
UPC 14 00767685977637
Format DVD
Release Date 9/26/2006
Name Weisberg,Roger
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Cast & Crew
Richard Fiocca - Original Music By
Rick Butler, et. al. - Cinematographer
Roger Weisberg - Producer
Roger Weisberg, et. al. - Director
Sandra Christie, et. al. - Editor
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Waging a Living is a documentary about the working poor in America, people who have full-time jobs and can't get by on their low-paying or minimum wage salaries. Directed by Roger Weisberg, the film is without narration but occasionally drops a statistic onto the screen that relates the specific case histories to a general problem -- for example that housing costs have tripled since 1979, while wages for the bottom 20 percent of the work force have remained stagnant.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Philadelphia City Paper
Review The math is simple: $5.15 x 40 x 52 = $10,712. That's what a year on the federal minimum wage will net you. The workers in Roger Weisberg's Waging a Living earn twice that, and it's still not enough...Waging a Living shows what the struggle to get ahead actually looks like, expanding its personal narratives with well-chosen statistics that make it clear this is much more than the story of four unlucky individuals. It's not a revelation, and the film's bottom-up perspective prevents a clear look at the systemic obstacles to wage reform.
Reviewer Sam Adams
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Weisberg,Roger
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times ...sensitive, in-depth profiles...
Peter L'Official, The Village Voice ...stripped-down style seems refreshing amid the current spate of super-produced docs...

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