Four feet up

Documentary follows family living in poverty

Raissa Tetanish
Published on March 29, 2011

AMHERST - Four Feet Up may not have been filmed in Cumberland County, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't have been.

The documentary is about a Nova Scotia family living in poverty for two years, as seen from the eyes of an eight-year-old boy.

"What struck me the most is that Isaiah and his family look so much like the families in Cumberland County," said Colleen Dowe, chair of Empowering Beyond Barriers (formerly the Poverty Action Committee).

The organization will have a public viewing of the documentary on April 15 at Paramount Cinema Theatre beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Filmmaker Nance Ackerman spent two years with the family working on the documentary, which is her second with the National Film Board of Canada.

Ackerman will be in Amherst for the screening and will deliver a keynote address before the 46-minute film begins.

Admission is free, however a goodwill offering or non-perishable food item would be welcomed in support of Feed Nova Scotia and local food banks.