Sunday, September 9, 2012

'The Line' - Poverty Up Close, Personal & Inescapable

"He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor." Psalm 14:31

Poverty is easy to stereotype. As a matter of fact, as long as we limit those in poverty to statistics and federal budget allocations it becomes easier to be indifferent to their plight. 

The documentary 'The Line' profiles families ensnared in poverty across the country. They don't all look alike, but they all face the same dehumanizing circumstances...

"You’ll meet a banker in the suburban Midwest who used to earn six-figures a year and now, after the economic collapse, must go to a food bank to feed his three kids; a fisherman on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana who has watched his livelihood and his culture wash away in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a devastating off-shore oil spill; a blue collar guy in North Carolina who worked hard his whole life but lost his job, became homeless, and started over as a restaurant busboy; and a single mom in Chicago who battles daily to ensure that her son is safe, healthy, and has the opportunity to go to college."

Looks like a good candidate for one of CitySquare's documentary screenings. We'll be getting back to you on that!

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