Keyword: poverty

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (2012)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 142 minutes Release date: 03/22/2012
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained...
Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 117 minutes Release date: 12/14/2006
Chris Gardener is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother of his five-year-old son, Christopher, is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave. Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Rated: PG Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 07/14/2005
Most nights in the Bucket home, dinner is a watered-down bowl of cabbage soup, which young Charlie gladly shares with his mother and father and both pairs of grandparents. Every night, the last thing Charlie sees from his window is Willy Wonka's great factory, and he drifts off to sleep dreaming about what might be inside. For nearly fifteen years, no one has seen a single worker going in or...
Misérables

Les Misérables (2012)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 152 minutes Release date: 12/24/2012
After Jean Valjean - an ex-convict once imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread - breaks parole, he is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert. Valjean adopts a new identity and prospers as a factory owner. When he agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Get On Up

Get On Up (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 138 minutes Release date: 07/31/2014
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Rated: G Runtime: N/A Release date: 12/14/1939
Scarlett O'Hara is in love with drippy Ashley Wilkes, and is devastated when he announces that he plans to marry his cousin Melanie. She pleads with Ashley to marry her instead, but then, on the first day of the Civil War, she meets mercurial Rhett Butler. A man to match her strength of character and romantic desires, Butler changes the course of her life. Despite hunger, and the burning of...

In Her Place (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 11/29/2013
Rosetta

Rosetta (1999)

Rated: R Runtime: 95 minutes Release date: 11/04/1999
Rosetta is a 17-year-old Italian girl who lives in a trailer park on the outskirts of the Belgian town of Seraing. Drowning in poverty and neglect, she is driven by a need that quickly becomes her singular obsession: securing a steady job and a normal life, but her single-mindedness may lead her to make a choice that she may not be prepared to accept.
Single Shot

A Single Shot (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 116 minutes Release date: 09/19/2013
A single shot, aimed at a lone deer, hits and kills a young woman. The hunter, John Moon, watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body. In a panic, he takes the cash - hiring a low-rent lawyer to fight his wife's divorce suit - and attempts to cover up the killing. But when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted in...
Trash

Trash (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 10/08/2014
Three boys living on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro make money sorting trash at a municipal dump. One day they discover a wallet, whose contents plunge them into a terrifying adventure involving bribery and police corruption, and they must stay one step ahead of those who are desperate to keep its contents secret.
Angelique, marquise des anges

Angelique, marquise des anges (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 02/26/2013
In seventeenth-century France, beautiful and rebellious Angélique, is forced by her poor father to marry Count Joffrey de Peyrac, a rich, older man rumored to be as rich as Louis XIV. Peyrac, who is disfigured and crippled from an accident during his youth, made his fortune with a gold mining operation using a new technique to extract the precious metal. His opponents claim he practices alchemy...
Place at the Table

A Place at the Table (2013)

Rated: PG Runtime: 84 minutes Release date: 02/28/2013
Forty-nine million people in the U.S., which includes one out of four children, don't know where their next meal is coming from. The films examines this issue through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors...
Light Thief

The Light Thief (2009)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 80 minutes Release date: 11/29/2009
Good natured electrician "Mr. Light" lives with his wife and four daughters in a remote Kyrgyz village and dreams of providing cheaper energy to the community. Out of the kindness of his heart, he tampers with the meters for pensioners unable to pay their bills and rescues small boys from big trees. But conflict appears on the horizon as a greedy urban politician Bezkat is determined to sell the...
Elysium

Elysium (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 109 minutes Release date: 08/08/2013
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine, man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce...
City of God

City of God (2003)

Rated: R Runtime: 133 minutes Release date: 01/16/2003
Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960's that--in the early 80's--became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of a singular narrator: Busca-Pé, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw, but also too smart to be content...
Poor Boy's Game

Poor Boy's Game (2006)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 104 minutes Release date: 11/29/2006
Released from prison after serving ten years for pummeling his opponent to the point of inflicting severe brain damage, working class pugilist Donnie Rose finds his efforts to start life anew complicated by simmering racism and long-suppressed vengeance. In the aftermath of Donnie's notorious bout with aspiring boxer Charlie Carvery, racial tensions in Halifax, Nova Scotia sharply divided the...
Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Rated: R Runtime: 120 minutes Release date: 11/11/2008
Today is the biggest day in Jamal Malik's life. A penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, he's one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, suddenly, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much? Determined to...
Life of a King

Life of a King (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 101 minutes Release date: 01/16/2014
The true story of one man's sacrifice to give inner city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had--a future. After being in prison for twenty years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club in 1991 to get kids off the streets and working towards something they never dreamed of--going to college.
Not Today

Not Today (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 118 minutes Release date: 04/11/2013
Caden Welles has the world at his disposal. With the resources of his wealthy father, he's living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream to live. Caden goes with his friends to Hyderabad, India on a whim, expecting a never-ending party. Not only is there no party, but he is soon haunted after he refuses to help a starving man, Kiran, and his little girl Annika. When he tries to right his...
White Elephant

White Elephant (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 105 minutes Release date: 02/28/2013
In Villa Virgen, a dangerous slum in Buenos Aires, two highly-respected Catholic priests take very different paths in their struggle against the violence, corruption and injustice they find there.
Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 86 minutes Release date: 08/30/2002
Ana, a first generation Mexican American teenager living in East Los Angeles, has just graduated from high school. Because she is a talented writer, a caring teacher urges her to apply to college. Ana secretly is excited about the possibility, but her overbearing and hypercritical mother, Carmen, insists that it is time for her to help provide for the family by working in her sister's sewing...
jalousie

La jalousie (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 77 minutes Release date: 08/14/2014
A 30-year-old man lives with a woman in a small, furnished rental. He has a daughter by another woman - a woman he abandoned. A theater actor and very poor, he is madly in love with this other woman. She was once a rising star, but all offers of work have dried up. The man does everything he can to get her a role, but nothing works out. The woman cheats on him. And then she leaves him. The man...

Lion (2015)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 01/20/2015
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 96 minutes Release date: 11/06/2014
Dilip gets a job at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, which will pull his family out of poverty. Desperate for his paycheck, Dilip keeps quiet when he sees plant managers ignoring safety standards. His friend Motwani, is a tabloid journalist out to expose the foul air that he believes is dangerous and persuades an American journalist named Eva to confront a Carbide executive. As the two of...
As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 109 minutes Release date: 10/10/2013
Adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner, the story chronicles the journey of the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to take the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie's husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell and Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie's...