Haves and Have Nots
About This Collection
The equality of inequality is that it affects just about everyone. From education to health, jobs and race, current social inequality is driven by economics and politics. The past year has had its shares of ups, downs and everything in between, and the future remains uncertain for the country and its citizens.
In January, WORLD Channel will be showcasing stories of the fight for economic EQUALITY, and how the changing local, national, and international economics affect the social structures of how we live. Featured series programming includes America ReFramed and POV, and the premiere of My Everyday Hustle on Local, USA.
Episodes In This Collection
POV: Made in L.A.
Follow the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants, Lupe, Maura and María, working in Los Angeles sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity and the courage it takes to find your voice.
P.O.V.: I'm Carolyn Parker
Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. When he met Carolyn Parker, the documentary morphed into a character study of courage and resiliency. I’m Carolyn Parker is an intimate account of Parker’s crusade to rebuild her house, church, community — and life.
POV: The Overnighters
Thousands flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. What they find are slim work prospects and a housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm, allowing men to stay despite objections and fears. When opposition reaches a boiling point, he makes a decision with shattering consequences.
Hot dogs and apple pie are not merely symbols of the American Dream. In Dog Days, they are the things those dreams are made of - literally. This story unfolds through the working relationship between Coite, who risks his capital to embark on a new food business, and single mother Siyone, a food vendor from Eritrea dreaming of freedom.
Independent Lens: The Homestretch
Follow three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
Independent Lens: Dogtown Redemption
A surprising number of people make their living off our nation’s vast rivers of trash. Dogtown Redemption follows the lives of three people over the course of seven years: a recycling hustler, a former minister and the daughter of a prominent family. Each survives by redeeming recyclables in "Dogtown," an area of West Oakland, California.
Journeying through the landscape of a forgotten America, @home introduces the invisible communities of people living without permanent housing. The film follows e-activist Mark Horvath, once homeless himself, on a road trip across the country to talk to newly and chronically homeless people about their own experiences and wishes.
Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay
Half a century after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women still only make, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay with Sharon Epperson moves beyond politicized talking points to explore the factors contributing to the wage gap and strategizes on ways to attain equal pay.
Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists
Follow a group of talented homeless and formerly homeless artists from the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, reportedly home to the largest concentration of indigent people in the U.S. Humble Beauty chronicles spontaneous moments from the artists' lives, captured intimate interviews and charted the evolution of their artwork.
Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare
Our welfare system spent more than $1 trillion in social spending last year, which would be a worthwhile expenditure if it was breaking the cycle of poverty. Many think it’s doing just the opposite. Work & Happiness dives into the lives of individuals who are currently on welfare, and examines the struggles they experience with our current system.
Illuminates the history of discriminatory laws and practices at the root of the affordable housing crisis in the U.S., revealing how gentrification is traditionally molded and dictated by those in power. City Rising features a growing movement of advocacy as communities fight gentrification and seek responsible development in California.
My Everyday Hustle
Meet five men and women chasing their versions of the American Dream. In New York, they are an integral part of everyday life and many people depend on them as a dog walker to street cart vendor. How do they make ends meet? My Everyday Hustle reveals the struggles, successes, and daily “hustle” for people we see every day, but don’t really know.
Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class
Probes the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. Through dramatic historical footage and deeply moving personal interviews, Against All Odds explores the often frustrated efforts of black families to pursue the American dream.
90% of Americans want to age at home, but many of them have to rely on paid care workers because their families can’t provide the support they need. Care illuminates the many challenges and deep attachments that can be formed between the elderly and home care workers they depend on - and exposes the cracks in a system that is poorly serving both.
Austin Revealed: El Despertar
Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, Texas unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture. Hear how individuals placed the goals of the community first and made a lasting impact through empowerment, sacrifices, accomplishments and failures.
My Neighborhood: Pilsen
Playing like a street mural come to life, six residents of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood share their personal stories to illustrate how the residents of this predominantly Mexican-American working class community have organized to address the societal issues facing their community, ranging from housing to health care to education and citizenship.
We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost
The story of the American urban core in a time when racism has gone underground, prejudice is glossed over and progress is built on the backs of the poor. We Are Superman is an emotional testament to a select few who are working tirelessly in the heart of Kansas City; working to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.
Farewell Ferris Wheel
Carnivals have a delightful place in the American imagination. But rising expenses and changes in U.S. labor patterns mean this national pastime is nearly extinct. Farewell Ferris Wheel is an inside look at the struggles of an industry trying to stay alive by employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial visa.
POV: All The Difference
Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school but these teens from Chicago's South Side have dreams - graduating from college. Follow the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty as they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.
American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry - Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
At a time when women, people of color, and homosexuals were confined to the margins of society, Lorraine Hansberry ("A Raisin in the Sun") boldly challenged U.S. society to live up to its ideals. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice — on stage and off.
Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC
Pick-up basketball is not just a sport but a way of life. Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "mecca" of the sport.
Chasing the Dream: A PBS NewsHour Weekend Special
There were no bigger issues fueling the 2016 election than jobs and the increasing number of Americans who feel that a recovering economy simply passed them by. From the rural towns of Eastern Kentucky to the heart of Silicon Valley, stories of struggles and solutions — and new light on the growing economic divide felt by millions of Americans.
Oyler: One School One Year
Before 2006, few teens from Cincinnati's Lower Price Hill finished high school. Under Principal Craig Hockenberry, Oyler is part of a growing community schools movement, becoming a one-stop-shop for its students. Can a school save a community? Oyler asks just that, telling the story of a public school fighting to break the cycle of poverty.
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
Explores the effects of the Plan for Transformation, an order requiring the demolition of Chicago’s public housing high rises, and the building of mixed-income condominiums. 70 Acres in Chicago illuminates the layers of socio-economic forces, and the questions behind urban redevelopment and gentrification taking place in U.S. cities today.
Independent Lens: In Football We Trust
Transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, one of the chief sources of the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. Shot over four years, the film follows four young men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.
Reel South: Overburden
Meet two unforgettable women — a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother — whose lives collide when a mine disaster shatters their community. The pair’s courageous story underscores the need for reconciliation as they take on a rogue industry to help heal their Appalachian Mountain community.
The Salinas Project
Profiling several children of migrant farm workers living in Alisal, a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Salinas. Their futures look uncertain yet they cling to the hope of better lives. In the face of adversity, these young people strive to improve their social and economic realities by educating themselves and changing their lives.
A New Color - The Art of Being Edythe Boone
The life and work of self-taught artist Edythe Boone. Filmed over five years, follow the spirited and captivating septuagenarian who became an artist/activist simply because empowering and building community is “the right thing to do.” Ultimately, Boone’s mission is to empower individuals and transform communities through art and activism.