About the Film
The Cost of Living depicts the lives of three extraordinary individuals and families who call the greater Flushing, Queens area their home. As they navigate the turbulent waters of economic hardship, they are also confronted with the ever-increasing cost of living in their once-affordable neighborhood.
Historically, the outer boroughs of New York City have long been sanctuaries for hardworking communities. However, the working-class fabric that defines Flushing, Queens, is currently facing a perilous threat due to the rapid influx of exclusive luxury housing catering solely to the global elite. Regrettably, this trend is accompanied by a scarcity of affordable housing options, leaving the local working-class community vulnerable and marginalized. The repercussions of this are felt keenly by the working class, as the rising cost of living puts them on the precipice of financial vulnerability.
Through this documentary, we aim to shed light on the struggles and resilience of these amazing families who are just one paycheck away from the daunting possibility of being unable to pay their monthly rent or afford groceries. Despite facing such challenges, their spirits remain undaunted, fueled by hope and an unwavering determination to provide a better life for their families.
The Cost of Living is a testament to the human spirit and serves as a poignant reflection of life in the midst of an escalating cost of living. By sharing their stories, we hope to evoke empathy, compassion, and understanding, transcending boundaries to foster a greater sense of community.