Poverty and Prayer

Poverty and Prayer
A film by Gerard Straub
Running Time: 89 Min. © 2004

sdf_faces1This film combines the most powerful scenes from five films – When Did I See You Hungry?, Embracing the Leper, Rescue Me, Endless Exodus, and Holy Pictures – and offers viewers a mosaic of images of poverty and the poor, and the necessity of a deeply prayerful spirituality for confronting poverty. The scenes from When Did I See You Hungry?, narrated by Martin Sheen, are a photographic meditations on the plight of the poor in nine nations and our responsibility to help. Embracing the Leper reveals the depressing world of 45,000 persons with leprosy in the Amazon region of Brazil. Rescue Me presents the difficult life of 10,000 homeless persons on the streets of Los Angeles. The excerpt from Endless Exodus unveils the poverty and desperation of the poor in El Salvador that drives them to migrate to the US. Holy Pictures describes the kind of spirituality that makes long-term solidarity with the poor possible.