At Living on One, we’re building a more equitable world through film.
From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, we’ve had the privilege of meeting incredible people from all walks of life, and to share those experiences with you through film. We’ve made short and feature documentaries, digital series, virtual reality films, curriculums, and an interactive web experience for Google. All of our work is designed to change lives.
Our journey getting here has been typically a-typical. Our first film Living on One Dollar, was mostly unexpected. What began as a fascinating research project about how a billion people survive on $1 a day, resulted, a couple difficult years later, in a film that was featured on the homepage banner of Netflix. The reaction has amazed us. Beyond informing and inspiring viewers, thanks to little donations from people like you, $850,000 has been given to education and microfinance work in the village in which we filmed!
As time went on, we kept coming back to one issue that was too big to avoid — Syria. To better understand the reality facing the millions of Syrian refugees, we embedded as the first filmmakers ever to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp. The resulting feature film is called Salam Neighbor. We think it’s intimate, raw, and solution-oriented, and set to challenge misconceptions around refugees. You can get involved here.
After doing hundreds of screenings and events with the film, including on Capitol Hill and at Homeland Security, we were lucky to get to collaborate with Google and the UN Refugee Agency to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. The project was featured on the homepage of Google and reached over 5 million people in the first two weeks!
Moving forward, we will continue to apply our unique approach to stories that inspire us — creating films and campaigns that matter. And of course, we will update you on the families and stories we’ve already told, and the impact that your actions have made.
Join us on our newsletter and social if you want to be challenged, informed, and involved in pressing global issues. And if you’re interested, we would love to collaborate, share our films, speak at your events, or find other ways to tangibly move us towards a better world together!