Cultural Event

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The cultural event I attended was “Living on One Dollar a Day” a las 7:00 de la noche en Albers 103. The OT and Spanish club presented the event. “Living on One Dollar a Day” was a documentary on Chris, Zach, Sean and Ryan’s time in Guatemala. The four of them, all Americans, went to Guatemala to experience the poverty that a vast majority of Guatemalans face daily. The movie was presented in English, but most of the dialogue between Chris, Zach and the Guatemalans was in Spanish. Subtitles were provided.
When the film begins, we are introduced to Chris and Zach, college students who will be traveling to Guatemala for 8 weeks, living on one dollar a day. They will not have one dollar each day, instead they will be pulling a number between 0-9 daily to determine how much money they will have that day to buy food and live. In Peña Blanca, and other Guatemalan cities 1.1 Billion people survive on $1 a day. 7/10 Guatemalans live below the poverty line. Throughout the film, Chris, Zach, Ryan and Sean meet many Guatemalans who welcomed them and made them feel like family. Chino was one of the first people they met. He was a 12 year old boy who was eager to learn, but like many Guatemalans, his family could not afford to send him to school. When asked what he wants to do for the rest of his life, he said he would be a farmer. But he really wanted to be a professional soccer player. A 12 year old boy is giving up on his dreams because of his current life. Another family was very open to the four Americans was Anthony and his family. Anthony was one of the first people that approached them when they arrived in Peña Blanca. The cooked a puik dinner for them, which is very expensive, and they would typically only have twice a year for ver...

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...w what is happening in the countries around them. As seen in “Living on One Dollar a Day,” Chris and Zach fully prepared themselves for what they would see in Guatemala, but they had no idea the lasting affect their time in Guatemala would have on the rest of their lives. I would love to have an opportunity like Zach and Chris’ time in Guatemala. I want to be able to walk with the voiceless of our world and try to make a small impact on their lives. I saw how they changed Zach and Chris’ lives and I would love to experience that.
I really enjoyed this documentary. It was sad to see some of the struggles the people of Guatemala face daily. After watching this film, it encourages me to go out and make a change in the world. We all have the opportunity to make a change, but we need to be taught of all the pain others face in the world to help their current situation.
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