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Rich Hill

Directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos, cousins with family connections to the community of RICH HILL, return to chronicle the lives of three boys in an examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of the residents in rural Missouri.

Director: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
Year: 2014
Time: 91 min
Club Member Rating:
 Rich Hill
(2014) on IMDb

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Learn more about Talkpoverty – an organization connected to the Center for American Progress – sets out to dramatically reduce poverty in the United States. 

Visit the RICH HILL website, it refers viewers to causes the filmmakers support in their quest to assist children living in poverty.

Donate to a fund that goes directly towards helping Andrew, Appachey, and Harley, in addition to financing screenings of the film in a wide range of locations. 

Get involved with the Children’s Defense Fund – that works hard to raise the standard of living for children in America. There are many ways to get involved through their website.

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Conversation With the Director

“The great service of Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s film RICH HILL is that it makes accessible stories that are so often willfully ignored. The documentary winner of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize profiles three boys: Andrew, 13, Harley, 15, and Appachey, 12, who live in Rich Hill, Missouri, a town of 1,393 on the brink of economic collapse.”

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Poverty and Religion

“New research has demonstrated that the personal insecurity associated with income inequality is a major reason that some countries, even wealthy ones, are more religious than others. The study by independent researcher, Dr Tom Rees analyses data from over 50 countries…”

Continue reading here.

Geography of Poverty

“The most vulnerable Americans are being crushed by the grip of poverty, from the deserts of the Southwest through the black belt in the South, to the post-industrial, rusting factory towns that dot the Midwest and Northeast. From border to border, high-poverty rates have crippled entire communities, leaving bellies burning with hunger and hope of better days dwindling.”

Continue reading here.

Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools

“2015 – Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percent of the students across the nation’s public schools were low income in 2013. ”

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History of Rich Hill, Missouri

From: History of Bates County, Missouri
By: W. O. Atkeson

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Missouri To Cut Welfare Benefits For Thousands

Find out about this on Aljazeera America.

Child Poverty In the U.S.

“The United States ranks near the bottom of the pack of wealthy nations on a measure of child poverty, according to a new report from UNICEF. Nearly one third of U.S. children live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income in 2008 – about $31,000 annually. In the richest nation in the world, one in three kids live in poverty. Let that sink in.”

Continue reading on the Washington Post.

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