Could you live on $1 a day?

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus calls it “a must-watch film that provides a unique look into the hardship and hope of life in extreme poverty.” Gary Ross, director of “The Hunger Games,” says it’s “moving, inspiring, and important.”

These luminaries are talking about the feature-length, 2015 documentary “Living on One Dollar,” which follows the journey of four friends as they set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. As part of its Global Film Series, the Libraries will screen the film on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in Poe Hall Auditorium, Room 216 (2310 Katherine Stinson Drive Raleigh, NC 27695). The screening is free and open to the public.

The four friends battle hunger, parasites, and extreme financial stress as they attempt to survive life on the edge. An unimaginable reality for most young Americans, the challenges they face are real and plague over 1.1 billion people around the world. While the friends quickly learn there are no easy answers, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20-year-old woman, and Chino, a 12-year-old boy, give them resilient hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.

Directed, produced, and edited by Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, and Ryan Christofferson, the film began as a series of short YouTube posts the group made to update friends and family on their experience. When the posts went viral, the idea for a full-fledged documentary was born. Since then, the filmmakers have taken the film on a national tour to over 25 major universities and won best documentary for the audience award at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

About the Global Film Series
The Global Film Series at NC State University is a collaborative initiative to bring a variety of international and globally-focused films to campus. Interdisciplinary partners across campus select films from current releases, documentaries and classics highlighting the joys and struggles of the global community in which we live. These films also provide a venue for faculty and student organizations to share their global experiences and expertise with a wider campus and community audience. All films feature an academic introduction and an opportunity for reflection at the film's conclusion.

Campus partners include the NCSU Libraries, University Scholars Program, African American Cultural Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Office of Global Engagement.

Marian Fragola