Living on One Dollar

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Living on One Dollar
Produced byChris Temple
Zach Ingrasci
Sean Leonard
Ryan Christoffersen
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release dates
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish

Living on One Dollar is a documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, and Ryan Christofferson.


The film follows the experience of four young friends as they live on less than $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers. Yet, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20-year-old woman with her husband Anthony, and Chino, a 12-year-old boy, gives them hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.[2]


The project did not start out as a film, but rather short YouTube videos that went viral, amassing over 650,000 views on the platform.[3] Inspired by the response, the four college friends produced a 56-minute film from the experience. They have since taken the film on a national tour to 25 major universities, receiving coverage on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose.[4] The film won best documentary for the audience award at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus calls it "a must watch film, that provides a unique look into the hardship and hope of life in extreme poverty." Similarly, Gary Ross, the writer and director of the first Hunger Games film, calls the film "moving, inspiring and important.".[5] Due to their film and impact work, directors Temple and Ingrasci have been recognized alongside Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates as two of the top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by Real Leaders magazine.[6]


  1. ^ "Living On One Dollar". Germaine Franco (composer). Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Woodruff, Mandi (December 6, 2012). "These Guys Found Out The Hard Way What It's Like To Live On $1 A Day". Business Insider. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Boardman, Madeline (October 28, 2012). "Living On One: College Students Live On $1 A Day In Documentary". HuffPost Entertainment. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  4. ^ News, CBS (December 14, 2012). "Could you live on one dollar a day?". CBS News. Archived from the original on December 6, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2013. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ O'Hara, Meg (April 18, 2013). "Stars Align for 16th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival". Blog. Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Chris Temple and Zach Ingasci, Founders, Living on One". Real Leaders. March 31, 2015. Archived from the original on December 16, 2022. Retrieved May 26, 2023.

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