Join the filmmakers and subjects at the Hard Earned Series Finale Celebration

Please join Kartemquin Films for a very special season finale screening of Hard Earned on at 2pm on Sunday, May 31 at the Chicago Cultural Center. RSVP to attend. We celebrate the amazing team work and collaboration of producing this six-part series for Al Jazeera America with all of the families featured in the series in person!

Help us welcome the series' stars Percy and Bev; Hilton and Diana; Jose and Elizabeth and family to Chicago, while joining with Chicago natives DJ, Takita and Emilia and their families to commemorate the end of this journey we all went on together. A celebration is in order. Dare we even say... it is hard earned!

We will screen Episode 6 of the series one week ahead of its broadcast on Al Jazeera America. Once you RSVP, you will get links to watch all previous episodes.

Episode 6: Diana overcomes her fears to forge a new path in the U.S. while Hilton tries to focus on his priorities. Percy worries about Beverly’s declining health. Takita struggles with abdominal pain and DJ attempts to reconcile with his father. Emilia gets ready to tell her story in front of a group of high school kids. Jose and Elizabeth get ready for a big change in their lives.

Event Details:
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP to guarantee a spot.
A reception in the beautiful GAR Hall will follow the screening, with appetizers and refreshments provided by Wishbone.
Enter on the Randolph Street side. Public transit is highly recommended, parking is available at Millennium Park Garages. Click here for parking and transit information. RSVP to attend.
This event is supported by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Hard Earned, produced by the Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary production team behind films such as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali and Life Itself is a provocative and in-depth look at the lives of five working-class American families.

In six one-hour episodes, Al Jazeera America follows the families both at work and at home, as they juggle the rising costs of housing, education, food, medical bills and more – all while working low-wage jobs. As widening economic inequality and the wealth gap continue to increase in the U.S., can these lower-income families get ahead? How are wage stagnation, student loan debt and demographic shifts in the workforce contributing to financial instability for many Americans?

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Link to online version of press release:
Read an interview with Hard Earned Series Producer Maggie Bowman: