'Poor Kids' documentary to be shown at WIU

Posted Online: Feb. 02, 2013, 9:29 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The PBS documentary "Poor Kids" will be shown at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Rooms 103 and 104 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline.

Produced by Jezza Neumann and Lauren Mucciolo, the documentary, which premiered nationwide in November, tells the story of poverty in America through the eyes of children, including some from the Quad-Cities. A film crew spent eight months last year in the area, following three families who live in poverty.

"Poor Kids" offers a perspective on the nation's flagging economy and impact of unemployment, foreclosure, homelessness and financial distress as seen through the eyes of kids. A post-film discussion Tuesday will be led by Tammy Werner of the WIU-QC sociology department.

While the screening is free and open to the public, those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the River Bend Food Bank. The screening is being sponsored by WIU-Quad Cities; the WIU-QC Communication Student Society (CSS); WQPT, the local PBS station; and the River Bend Food Bank of the Quad Cities.

For more information, visit pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poor-kids.


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