“Hard Earned” lands May airdate

Kartemquin Films' Hard Earned doc series for Al Jazeera America, announced last April, will debut on May 3 at 10 p.m. EST.
April 15, 2015

Kartemquin Films’ Hard Earned doc series for Al Jazeera America, announced last April, will debut on May 3 at 10 p.m. EST.

Part of the network’s doc strand, Al Jazeera America Presents, the six-part series follows five working-class American families at home and work to tell a larger story about economic inequality and the wealth gap in the country.

The subjects include a 50-year-old waitress in a suburb in Illinois, a couple raising two children working hourly jobs at Walgreens, a 32-year-old man who served two tours in Iraq and is now a clerical worker in Maryland, and a 20-year-old Mexican-American man working multiple jobs in Silicon Valley to support his pregnant girlfriend.

“We rarely see true depictions of income inequality in the media,” said Kim Bondy, senior VP of programs, Al Jazeera America. “This character-driven series will hit home with many American families struggling to make ends meet.”

“The series explores the impact of low-wage jobs on every aspect of a family’s life, as well as the impact on our communities and our country,” added series executive producer and Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan.

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