Living on One makes films that matter. Award-winning directors Chris & Zach will challenge, inform and get you involved.
Watch our feature documentaries, Living on One Dollar and Salam Neighbor, on Netflix. Our journey as accidental filmmakers began in 2010 when we spent two months living on $1 a day in rural Guatemala. Our academic and professional understanding of economic development didn’t prepare us for what we would go through. We wrestled with intense hunger, parasites, and the realization that there are no easy answers. But the strength of our neighbors and friends gave us hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.
While in Guatemala, we released short YouTube videos so our friends could learn alongside us in real time. The videos quickly received over 700,000 views, inspiring us to complete a feature-length film, Living on One Dollar, to mobilize others to help end extreme poverty. After graduating, we hit the road for four months in a renovated 1978 school bus to share the film around the U.S.. The tour events sold out in 20 major cities and culminated in an extended interview on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose.
To our amazement, the film has since won Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and the Director of the Hunger Games, Gary Ross.
Continuing our mission, in 2012 we launched Living on One to make films and campaigns that matter. Hope you enjoy them!