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Cinema of Change

Chris Temple: Mobilizing People Around Film


Cinema of Change is a magazine and community, and you can join the conversation at cinemaofchange.com. We are dedicated to exploring the power of cinema and its ability to create change in the world. Join us for Mobilizing People Around Film with our guest Chris Temple.

From living in a Syrian refugee camp to surviving on a dollar a day as a radish farmer in Guatemala, Chris and his co-founder Zach are pioneering a new style of documentary filmmaking. The vision for their non-profit “Living on One” is to use immersive storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues. Having worked for three different micro-finance organizations, Chris brings a unique perspective to the films he produces. His first film “Living on One Dollar,” was #1 on iTunes for documentaries and has been called "a must watch film" by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. His current film “Salam Neighbor” shines light on displaced refugees.

  • Introduction - How did you get to use film as a tool? --- 01:13
  • I'm just one person. I can't make a difference, right? --- 03:37
  • How will I know where to direct my energies to create change? --- 08:21
  • How about dead ends? Share what you learned to avoid. --- 10:55
  • How can you make your expert development insight accessible? --- 13:24
  • Balancing entertainment and understanding in a film. --- 17:31
  • Principles on making an audience care. --- 19:22
  • Should we consider the audience while making the film? --- 20:58
  • Why film, and not another medium? --- 24:28
  • How do you know that you actually made an impact? --- 26:28
  • What if you just engage an audience without a film? --- 28:44
  • Is there a danger in making impactful films? --- 31:51
  • Did people call the film propaganda? --- 34:46
  • What insights did you gain during post production? --- 37:57
We hope you find this conversation interesting and evocative. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss an episode and visit the magazine at cinemaofchange.com. Until next time, be the change that you want to see in the world. Then turn it into cinema.



by Robert Rippberger & Tobias Deml