by Agnes Uboma, Executive Assistant
As a womanist I try my best to support film, research, music and all things in between that highlight the condition of women. Working at The Women’s Foundation of California, I am inclined to stay abreast of policy agendas that directly affect the condition of women so when I received an email about the documentary Paycheck to Paycheck it was a no brainer; go home, set my DVR, pour a glass of wine and prepare to take notes about a matter that I work on every day.
So I did just that – more actually. I went home, set my DVR, went to the gym, took a shower, warmed up some tasty leftovers, climbed into bed with my notebook and my glass of wine, and turned on my recording of Paycheck to Paycheck. While I knew that the topic was serious, I was taken aback by the overwhelming sense of despair and angst that filled me as I watched Katrina go about her daily life. I realized that I would have to somehow manage to turn my viewing into a call of duty.
In the documentary, Katrina, a single mother of three, takes the viewer on a journey of long dreary work days, hungry evenings, poor health, marriage separation as she cannot afford the actual divorce, child support woes, child rearing, ramifications of spousal substance abuse, dwindling food stamps, denied financial aid for college, and emotionally drained children. The one good thing she did for herself? Go to a neighborhood salon for a haircut. To top it off, as if things weren’t bad enough, the viewer is confronted with overwhelming despair as Katrina’s three children are tearfully forced to give their puppy away in the parking lot of Wal-Mart for forty dollars.