Watch the trailer for Hard Earned

Hard Earned - Series Trailer from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.

Hard Earned, an original new six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films, will begin airing Sunday, May 3rd at 10 pm ET/7pm PT as part of Al Jazeera America's documentary series Al Jazeera America Presents.

In six one-hour episodes, the series 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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For those of you who are in the Chicago area, join the producers and subjects this Sunday, May 3 at 3:30pm for a special viewing party for Episode 1 at the SEIU Healthcare Illinois Office. RSVP and get more details.

We're also inviting our fans to host Hard Earned Broadcast Viewing parties. This guide includes tips for hosting a house party or community/organizational viewing party during any of the Al Jazeera America broadcasts, as well as ideas for using the series to help discuss the complex issues of low wage work in America with your guests. Find out more at

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Read an interview with Hard Earned Series Producer Maggie Bowman.