Money The Best Documentaries About Poverty  

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There are a number of documentaries out there that detail the different aspects and behind the scenes issues about poverty, including homelessness both locally and globally, child rights within foreign countries like India, the decrease of the dollar in America, and water and food shortages as a result of a lack of financial stability in third world countries. What are the best documentaries about the poor? Poverty literally affects every country in the world in one way or another. This list includes films that focus on issues that currently influence parts of the world, as well as documentaries that take a historical approach, such as America’s Great Depression and the lasting effects it had.
 
This list discusses the best documentary films discussing poverty issues, including: It Was a Wonderful Life, American Vagabond, Gulabi Gang, and The End of Poverty? Vote up those you recommend, and please add any that we missed.
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Dilli
Dilli is a 2011 documentary short history film written and directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas.

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Appunti per un film sull'India
Appunti per un film sull'India is a 1968 short documentary film by Pier Paolo Pasolini where he visits India in the search of a king who could give up his body to feed a starving tiger. The film ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz, Susan George, Chalmers Johnson
Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because ...more

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One Dollar
One Dollar, el precio de la vida is documentary directed by Hector Herrera and Joan Cutrina. The documentary portrays a stark vision of the reality of life on the streets of Panama, focusing on ...more

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Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family
Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family is a 1993 documentary film about life in the slums of Palermo, Sicily, directed by Andrew Young and Susan Todd. The film is a sequel to ...more

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Falcão – Meninos do Tráfico
Falcão – Meninos do Tráfico is a Brazilian documentary produced by rapper MV Bill, his agent Celso Athayde and the Central Única das Favelas audiovisual center. The ...more

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Far from the Trees
Far from the Trees is a documentary film by Spanish artist and director Jacinto Esteva Grew. Shot in 1963, it was held up for nine years before its release in 1972. A documentary told as a ...more

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Hauling
Hauling is a 2010 documentary film on poor families who work as recyclers in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Gulabi Gang is a 2012 documentary film written by Torstein Grude and Nishta Jain and directed by Nishta Jain.

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Mieux vaut mal vivre que mourir
Mieux vaut mal vivre que mourir is a 2006 documentary film.

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Not My Life is a 2011 American independent documentary film about human trafficking and contemporary slavery. The film was written, produced, and directed by Robert Bilheimer, who had been asked ...more

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Half the Sky Movement

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Recycled Life
Recycled Life is a 2006 American short documentary film directed by Leslie Iwerks. It relays the story of a massive toxic landfill near Guatemala City, and the local residents who scavenge there ...more

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The Price of Sugar is a 2007 Uncommon Productions film directed by Bill Haney and produced by Haney and Eric Grunebaum about exploitation of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic involved ...more

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Bombay Beach
Bombay Beach is a 2011 documentary film directed and produced by Israeli filmmaker Alma Har'el. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit "Truer than Fiction" Award, won ...more

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Little Red Wagon Anna Gunn, Frances O'Connor, Daveigh Chase
Little Red Wagon is an upcoming film directed by David Anspaugh.

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Poor No More
Poor No More is a 2010 documentary film directed by Canadian filmmakers Bert Deveaux and Suzanne Babin. The executive producer is David Langille. Hosted by Canadian actor and comedian Mary ...more

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Down and Out in America is a 1986 Academy Award-winning documentary film that critiques Reaganomics by showing examples of poverty in the United States. It won an Academy Award for Best ...more

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A Year Toward Tomorrow is a 1966 American short documentary film about the Volunteers in Service to America, directed by Edmond Levy. It won an Academy Award in 1967 for Documentary Short

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Jenny Is a Good Thing
Jenny Is a Good Thing is a 1969 American short documentary film about children and poverty, directed by Joan Horvath. Produced for Project Head Start, it shows the importance of good nutrition ...more

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Redlight
Redlight is a documentary film about human trafficking in Cambodia that premiered on October 4, 2009 at the Woodstock Film Festival. Lucy Liu was the film's executive producer and narrator. The ...more

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The People of the Kattawapiskak River
The People of the Kattawapiskak River is a 2012 documentary film by Alanis Obomsawin exploring conditions inside the Attawapiskat First Nation, which in October 2011 declared a state of ...more

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American Vagabond
American Vagabond is a 2013 Finnish documentary film directed by Susanna Helke.

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Odysseus' Gambit
Odysseus Gambit is a 2011 short, documentary and biographical film directed by Àlex Lora.