Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina documents stories of North Carolinians trying to survive in today’s low-wage service economy. The three and four-minute video vignettes accompanying these background banners feature compelling on-camera testimonies from home health care workers, early childhood educators, house cleaners, fast food workers, and adjunct professors. Curated by Duke University students from a selection of thirty-five student-produced videos, this exhibit attaches a human face to today’s disquieting statistics about workers who lack paid vacations, health care, and paid leave, while being vulnerable to wage theft and abusive bosses. The vignettes also include the voices of historians, social scientists, and labor organizers who offer an historical context for the struggles these hardworking individuals face and the impact their collective organizing is beginning to have.
Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina is a multimedia documentary exhibit produced by Duke University undergraduate students enrolled in “Video For Social Change,” a special topics course taught by Bruce Orenstein at the Center for Documentary Studies. A showcase featuring these student-produced short documentaries telling the stories of NC workers confronting our low wage service economy is traveling throughout North Carolina this summer and fall. Location details and exhibition dates are forthcoming.
Photos: Visitors interacting with the Trying to Get By exhibit in Rocky Mount, NC.