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The Line: Documentary on poverty in the United States

The Line

A documentary and discussion guide on poverty in the United States

Poverty in America

It's not what you think.

View the trailer (2:52)

A viewing of The Line with facilitated discussion to follow was the closing event on March 14th of the
New York State Community Action Association's 7th Annual Symposium on Poverty & Economic Security

About 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. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line.

From Chicago's suburbs and south side to the Gulf Coast to North Carolina, millions of Americans are struggling every day to make it above The Line.

National Christian non-profit Sojourners produced the documentary and other support organizations were involved including Bread for the World, World Vision, the MacArthur Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Christian Community Development Association, and OXFAM America. The film was created by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Linda Midgett.

Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide and Panel Discussion

A Discussion Guide can be used to support conversations within your organization and in community settings. The Guide recaps the film's sections, offers discussion questions and helpful information for small groups. Information is also provided on how to host a screening of the film.

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