For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI HOSTS FREE SCREENING OF A P.O.V. DOCUMENTARY ON THE "WORKING POOR" FOLLOWED BY A GROUP DISCUSSION

(Rochester, NY) August 17, 2006 –More than 30 million Americans who work full-time are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. This group is known as "working poor" and is the subject of P.O.V.'s latest documentary, Waging A Living. WXXI will host a free preview screening of Waging A Living, followed by a group discussion on Wednesday, August 23 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at WXXI’s Studios, 280 State Street. The free event is open to the public, but reservations must be made by calling Shelley Figueroa at (585) 258-0278 or emailing her at sfigueroa@wxxi.org.

POV’s Waging a Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to lift their families out of poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American dream. Waging a Living airs on WXXI-TV 21 (cable channel 11) Tuesday, August 29 at 10 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/wagingaliving/.

The discussion that follows the screening will be lead by Carol Gaelens, Director of the New York State Mid-West Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN), and Connie Felder, Deputy Director of RochesterWorks! RAEN is dedicated to improving the services delivered by providers of adult education, workforce development and training. The WXXI Regional Adult Education Network is one of seven staff development organizations established by the New York State Education Department's Adult Education and Workforce Development Team. RochesterWorks!, Monroe County's largest employment and training initiative, is dedicated to helping Monroe County develop a strong workforce. The organization helps job seekers find jobs, move to higher paying jobs and get training to improve skills.

The screening and discussion, sponsored by WXXI and the New York State Mid-West Regional Adult Education Network, is in collaboration with P.O.V., the acclaimed independent non-fiction films series on PBS.

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