ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- A new documentary by a Irish native and current St. Louis resident depicts how poverty can affect a man's choices, happiness and overall life path.
The film "Rednecks and Culchies" focuses around the hidden world of Irish and American construction workers who suffer from poor work habits, drug and alcohol addictions and histories of crime.
Tony Monaghan, the director and producer of "Rednecks and Culchies" joined Kim Hudson this morning for the new documentary and an upcoming movie screening to benefit S.H.E.R.A.H (Sister's Helping Each other Reach A Higher height).
On Mar. 24 at 7 p.m., the locally-produced documentary Rednecks + Culchies will have a special encore screening event, Rage Against Poverty, at the Tivoli Theatre. Tony Monaghan, the producer and director, has only five years of formal education and no Hollywood connections.
All proceeds from the event will go towards S.H.E.R.A.H.'s Maple House Project, a two-year residential program for women committed to developing life and businesses skills that will be used to improve their lives and help them rebuild our communities. Both the film and this nonprofit organization focus on the ramifications of poverty on individuals and communities.
S.H.E.R.A.H. is committed to ensuring that women of the St. Louis community and in the future, other communities, are all provided with the resources and support needed to reach their goals and achieve success. The money raised during Rage Against Poverty will go towards The Maple House project, a two year residential program for women committed to developing life and businesses skills that will be used to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
The program will include morning exercise classes, communal cooking and cleaning, job placement, on-site childcare, life skill classes, and business development classes. A house in North City St. Louis as been donated by The Roberts Companies, yet for the complete program to become a reality, $200,000 will need to be raised to cover the complete rehabilitation, salaries for staff members for one year and the insurance on the house.
"Rednecks and Culchies" viewing
Thursday, March 24th