Regions: North America
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Poverty Outlaw was conceived in the grinding poverty in Kensington, North Philadelphia. This once thriving industrial neighborhood provided the filmmakers with a fertile field for their five-year investigation into the future of America\'s poor.
It is a story of the hard choices faced when living in poverty without society\'s \"safety net,\" told by one woman who descends from middle-class security to welfare, and then to abject poverty. Her fierce and tenacious drive to raise her children brings her up against bureaucrats, politicians, and her own self-doubt. Eventually the choices she must make put her on the wrong side of the law.
Poverty Outlaw has a street-level immediacy in its urgent and straight forward realism. Shot over a period of five years, Poverty Outlaw tells the story of the birth and development of one of the leading poor peoples\' organizations in the U.S., the Kensington Welfare Rights Union.
To view a trailer or to purchase the film, visit Skylight Pictures.
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Poor People\'s Economic Human Rights Campaign