USD Just Read! presents Living on One Dollar

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USD Just Read! presents Living on One Dollar

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, 200

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




USD Just Read! presents Living on One Dollar, a film and journey that follows four friends as they experience what it is like to live on $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. This event will feature the one hour film, followed by a discussion facilitated by Stephen Conroy, Professor of Economics. 

In the film, these four friends battle intense hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers, but find hope in the inspiring lives of their neighbors Rosa, a 20-year-old woman, and Chino, a 12-year-old boy.

While in Guatemala, they released short YouTube videos about the experience to help their friends learn alongside them in real time. The videos quickly received over 700,000 views, inspiring them to complete a feature-length film, Living on One Dollar, to mobilize others to help end extreme poverty.

To their 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. (

Please note, this event is open to the USD community (Faculty, staff and students).

Visit our Just Read! website to learn more about upcoming events. 

Living on One Dollar movie poster. Four male friends in rural Guatemala.

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