Why Poverty Tvo

How Park Avenue Billionaires Spend Their Money

Alex Gibney | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Gibney

2012-11-22-whypovertybanner.jpgI tend to make films about perpetrators, rather than victims. Therefore, on this subject it seemed to be important to make a film that would investigate whether wealthy interests in the United States actually create poverty. There is no question that income inequality is increasing in the US. I wanted to find out why.

What Are the Poor's Most Valuable Items?

Igor Malakhov | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada
Igor Malakhov

2012-11-22-whypovertybanner.jpg I never thought that I would be thinking about treasures while making a documentary about poverty. But life is full of surprises, and last August I found myself scrupulously examining the most-prized possessions of Toronto's poor. And I must say, I was impressed. I spoke with a dozen of homeless people in Toronto. Almost all had treasures of some sort: a photo of a daughter, letters written before life on the street, a cherished dream about a slice of cheese cake or a bowl of salad. It was uplifting when people on the streets of Toronto told us that mostly they valued things of a non-material nature.