Poverty is a very serious issue throughout the world as it exists in every country. However, there are several charities that are responsible for collecting donations to help feed the hungry. Additionally, there have been a plethora of movies made about people living in poverty, some being so touching that those leaving the theaters cannot help but be inspired to send a donation to one of their favorite charities. Below are seven movies that could very well inspire you to donate.
"Oliver Twist" is a film about a young boy who spends much of his young life living in poverty at a child workhouse after his mother died while giving birth. Throughout the film, Oliver Twist is abused, starved, and forced to steal. Even when he found a home, he was quickly kidnapped before eventually being rescued.
Those who do not consider "Hotel Rwanda" a movie about poverty are dead wrong. The movie is about a hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), who rounds up several refugees from the war-ravaged Rwanda. The war left many families poor and homeless. If this movie had have been filmed in the 1970's, Sally Struthers' Christian's Childrens Fund would have had three times as many donations.
"The End of Poverty"
One of the more thought-provoking documentaries, "The End of Poverty," claims poverty began with military conquests, slavery, and wealthy countries taking advantage of poor underdeveloped countries. Whether or not filmgoers agree with the documentary's message, there is enough footage of homeless children and families to make even the most stingy person consider making a donation.
The 2008 British drama gained immediate fanfare as it won several awards, including Best Picture. The popular film is about Jamal Malik, a former street child who made it on India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." When he got to the last question, he was accused of cheating since the show's producers did not believe an uneducated street person could answer the show's questions. Through flashbacks of his homeless youth, Jamal recounted how he came up with the correct answers.
"The Saint of Fort Washington"
Starring Danny Glover and Matt Dillon, "The Saint of Fort Washington" is a film about Mathew (Dillon) and Jerry (Glover), two homeless men who washed car windows in hopes of eventually getting an apartment together. Meanwhile, they stayed at the Fort Washington Homeless Shelter, where Damon was constantly bullied and eventually killed by one of the other homeless men. This was one of Glover's most under-appreciated movies, while Dillon won the Best Actor Award at the 1993 Stockholm Film Festival.
"The Pursuit of Happyness"
While "The Pursuit of Happyness" has a happy ending, the film had several scenes that were tearjerkers. Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith, and his son Christopher (Smith's son in real life) become pennyless when he invested his life savings into portable bone-density scanners which he tried to sell to no avail. As a result his wife left him and he eventually got evicted from his apartment. Unlike many homeless people, Gardner was not put in his situation because of alcohol or drugs. After viewing "Pursuit of Happyness," there is a chance moviegoers will realize that not all homeless people are lazy and high, making it more likely they will donate to homeless shelters and other charitable organizations.
The Soloist is a 2009 drama starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. Foxx played Nathaniel Ayers, a schizophrenic homeless man who happened to be an amazing musician. Eventually Ayers was discovered by Steve Lopez (Downey Jr.), a Los Angeles Times journalist when he heard him playing his violin. Lopez ended up doing an article on Ayers. One reader became so moved by the story, she sent a cello for Ayers to keep. Much like "The Pursuit of Happyness" "The Soloist" told the story of a homeless person who was in his situation for reasons other than alcohol or drugs.