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Award-Winning Documentary to Make Stop in Houston

by Barrett White

"What Matters?" comes to Studio Movie Grill in CityCentre on March 6. Photo:
“What Matters?” comes to Studio Movie Grill in CityCentre on March 6.

Did your iPhone go missing and therefore make you late to work? Did your car decide during this polar vortex we recently experienced that its heater would not function? These are scenarios that those living in poverty only dream of. Chances are that if you can afford a vehicle, a phone, and are gainfully employed, you are not going to bed hungry each night.

At any given moment, there are families living in poverty and struggling with disease, malnutrition, and hunger. Hundreds of impoverished perish from these afflictions daily, and yet this subject is vastly overlooked and ignored.

What Matters? is a new award-winning feature-length documentary by Speak Up Productions about three friends from St. Louis (two idealistic activists and one skeptic) who decide to attempt living on $1.25 a day while traversing three continents. Their adventure takes a cruel turn when their plane goes down in Africa, leaving them to finish what they started.

WhatMattersEPK (1) copyWhat Matters? features several well-known activists including New York Times best-selling author Katie Davis, a 22-year-old adoptive mother of 14 Ugandan orphans and founder of Amazima Ministries; Paul Rusesabagina, the man upon whom Hotel Rwanda is based; and the founders of Invisible Children.

Proceeds from What Matters? benefit the Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization (HERO), a nonprofit that promotes human dignity through all stages of life by providing international education and relief programs. “I am thrilled that the screening in Houston will raise funds for HERO,” said Dan Parris, What Matters? producer and director and one of the film’s subjects. “This film will definitely leave you inspired, I promise.”

Space is limited, so reserve your seats before the February 26 deadline for the March 6 engagement at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre by following this link.

For more information about What Matters?, you may join Houston’s Facebook event here, or visit


Barrett White

Barrett White is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.

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