Earn a Living

  • Yuval Orr
  • France, Germany, Netherlands, United States
  • 2018
  • 90 min
  • Digital
  • World Premiere
  • DocLab Humanoid Cookbook, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

What would you do if a universal basic income were introduced so that every month, an amount of money appeared in your bank account? Would you stop working? Would you change your life? In a series of questions, seven short documentaries explore our relationship with work and money.

The Cherokee Native Americans in North Carolina have been receiving a basic income for 20 years: half of the casino revenue in their land trust is shared equally among the population. In Tokyo, the statistics are rapidly veering in the opposite direction: overtime is the norm, and hundreds of people literally work themselves to death each year.

What happens when an NGO introduces a basic income in a Kenyan village? How realistic are the utopian ideas of the group of programmers who in the wake of bitcoin also want to create a “bitnation”? The interface in the interactive series Earn a Living translates this worldwide view to the value of money, time and work in your own society.

TV5MONDE supports all French-language productions at IDFA 2018. For more French documentaries with Ducth subtitles, visit TV5MONDE.


  • 90 min
  • Spoken languages: English, Japanese, French, Swahili, Hebrew
Created by
Margaux Missika, Yuval Orr
Yuval Orr
Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Peter Murimi, Hyoe Yamamoto
Auriane Meilhon, Margaux Missika for Upian, Gregory Trowbridge for Upian, Alexandre Brachet for Upian
Executive producer
Margaux Missika for Upian

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World Premiere
DocLab Humanoid Cookbook
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
DocLab Program

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