Living on One Dollar

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Living on One Dollar
Living on One Dollar poster.jpg
Produced byChris Temple
Zach Ingrasci
Sean Leonard
Ryan Christoffersen
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release dates
  • April 13, 2013 (2013-04-13) (Sonoma Film Festival)[1]
  • January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01) (Netflix)
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]


project: september 1st 2015

The project did not start out as a film, but rather short YouTube videos that went viral, amassing over 650,000 views on the site.[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 and 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 Chris and Zach have been recognized alongside Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates as two of the top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by Real Leaders magazine.[6]


As of September 1, 2015, the film is available directly from the "Living on One" organization[7] and on Netflix[8] globally. It is also available on the website and app "Tubi" for free.


  1. ^ "Living On One Dollar - Germaine Franco (composer)". Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  2. ^ Mandi Woodruff Dec. 6, 2012, 3:07 PM 786,860 9 (2012-12-06). "What It's Like To Live On $1 A Day". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-07-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Living On One: College Students Live On $1 A Day In Documentary". 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  4. ^ "Could you live on one dollar a day?". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  5. ^ "Stars Align for 16th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival - Blog". 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  6. ^ "Chris Temple and Zach Ingasci, Founders, Living on One". Real Leaders Magazine. 31 March 2015.
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