Saturday, September 4th, 2010
Poverty Tells Many Stories
This short film was directed by Isabel Prahl for a European film school competition. Heads up, it’s captioned.
The film’s point could be that money isn’t needed for happiness, or that happiness is where you find it.
I take from the story a need to understand poverty in a real sense. For me, it dredged up a debate I had with a parent last week at my daughter’s school about raising our school’s T-shirt prices by $2, with the selling price of $10. Sounds more than fair, right?
Except, I see families from our school every weekend at yard sales, always a mom and 2 to 4 kids, and an occasional father, pouring over clothing. The kids never turn toward toys for sale. I think they know it’s not allowed. The families are in search of clothing, nothing more, and rest assured, they are not dressed as fashionistas.
I’m at yard sales because I’m a frugal bastard, but these families are there because they are saving every penny. So I think, yes, even $2 matters — the equivalent of 4 to 8 shirts at a yard sale for a family in need — but I was alone in that thought. It’s easy to forget how other people live. We live in a society, after all, that has begun serving breakfast at school because parents cannot afford to provide this basic need to their children.