On Tuesday, February 18th, AMC Esquire will take a break from its normal line-up of Hollywood blockbusters to screen a film that will both educate and motivate the community about an issue of global significance – extreme poverty. The Esquire will host local filmmaker Dan Parris, of Speak Up Productions, as he kicks off the national screening campaign of What Matters? in his hometown of St. Louis at 6:30pm. Filmmakers and subjects Parris and David Peterka will conduct a Q&A session with the audience after the film.
This feature length documentary focuses on 3 friends from St. Louis (two idealistic activists and one skeptic) who attempt to live on $1.25 a day, the world’s standard for extreme poverty, as they journey across 3 continents. Their adventure takes an unexpected turn when two of them survive a deadly plane crash in Africa and all three must fight to finish what they started. The film chronicles the lives of many poverty-stricken families and offers insight as to how this problem can be addressed. The filmmakers’ core goal is to connect people who need something to live for with people who just need something to live.