Haves and Have Nots
About This Collection
The equality of inequality is that it affects just about everyone. Whether it be education, health, racial or social, these types of disparities are all driven by one thing...economics. 2016 has had its shares of ups, downs and everything in between with one certainty: the income and wealth gap of the middle class. It is both shrinking and growing - the middle of the middle class is dividing and moving towards the upper and lower income tiers as most evident in metropolitan areas (Pew Research Center; May 12, 2016). This past year also saw the rise of the minimum wage to $15 in at least 16 states but the #FightFor15 movement continues for tens of thousands of workers across the U.S. In the uncertainty of the next four years for the labor market, they "won't back down" in the name of economic and racial justice.
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 Independent Lens, and the special Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.
How do people like yourselves experience this in the U.S. and around the world? Join the conversation with WORLD...#HaveHaveNots
Episodes In This Collection
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independent Lens: Rich Hill
Follow three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity in their Missouri town, where the idea of the American Dream may remain elusively out of reach, but the desire for a better tomorrow remains.
The Hand That Feeds
At a popular bakery café in Manhattan, patrons get served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, some of the undocumented immigrant workers earn far below the minimum wage. Filmed at the onset of the service economy wage wars, The Hand That Feeds tells the story of the power struggle that turned a single city block into a battlefield.
Life on the Line: Last Chance
The difference between life and death depends on the country they were born in. Like Holman and Eva, who were born with heart disease. In Nicaragua, even if children survive surgery, they run the risk of dying from infection. With no money to explore options, the families undergo a test of faith that nearly shatters their deep strength of spirit.
Life on the Line: The Aftermath
In one of the worst storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating force. In the aftermath, a behavioral health trauma team helps those facing grief and PTSD. Journey through the eyes of Nona, a single mother of six, as she shares her story of survival, and Joward, a pastor determined to help the people in his community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life on the Line: The Lost Generation
Before 1984, the life expectancy in Lesotho was 70 years. Today it’s 40. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has ravaged the African country, leaving scores of orphans and grandmothers to pick up the pieces of a shattered country. Instead of retirement, the elderly are facing a future of hard labor caring for their grandchildren until the day they die.
Life on the Line: Footsteps of the Unknown
With widespread poverty in Ethiopia, it’s estimated that one in eight children are abandoned. Yet in Gimbie, lies a hospital where workers care for these children. Follow the journey of Bella whose mother abandoned her at the hospital, and be inspired by the heroes who commit their lives to making the world a brighter place for these children.
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.
Power to the People with Johan Norberg
As developing countries escape poverty and march toward prosperity and better lives, more people than ever are using energy. But how will we provide more energy while still protecting our environment? Explore how innovation and technologies are providing answers to our world's growing energy needs from solar facilities to wind farms.
City of Trees
A personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation, City of Trees captures the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.'s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.
Independent Lens: Medora
A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, Medora follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.
P.O.V.: Getting Back to Abnormal
Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster?
Independent Lens: East of Salinas
The story of a bright boy and his dedicated teacher — sons of migrant farm workers. With parents busy working long hours in the fields, Mexican-born third grader José Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, for guidance. For the many migrant children: What is lost when promising kids are denied opportunities through no fault of their own?
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.
India is coming alive and flourishing economically. For centuries, only the politically connected and elite prospered, but since 1991, 250 million people have been lifted out of poverty and are finding ways to flex their power. Johan Norberg follows three individuals, revealing the enormous power of unlocking human potential and ambition.
Revealing the stories of three native sons of Zarqa, Jordan’s second largest city: al-Zarqawi; Abu Ammar, an ex-Mujahadin fighter who supports his family by collecting cardboard to recycle; and filmmaker Mahmoud al Massad who, from behind the camera's lens, unravels the knotted threads of poverty, humiliation and strict religious doctrine.
Last Train Home
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, all at once, as a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. A visually striking film from Chinese Canadian director Lixin Fan, this film draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration.
With the decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have lost their jobs and homes, and the usual economic solutions are not working. Shift Change tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.
Independent Lens: Powerless
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.