Chris Temple & Zach Ingrasci

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Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. On-stage, they demystify some of the world’s most complex situations, leaving audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.

As co-founders of Living on One, Chris and Zach have received widespread acclaim as bold storytellers and compassionate leaders of social justice — honoured with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award, and recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as two of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine. They have been called upon to share their expertise at TEDx, the United Nations, and the World Humanitarian Summit, and have been featured on CBS This Morning, as well as in major publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Variety.

Chris and Zach began their journey in college, when they produced, directed, and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar. The film was #1 on iTunes for documentaries, featured on the homepage banner of Netflix, and called “A Must Watch” by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

Their second feature documentary, Salam Neighbor, provides an intimate look into the lives of Syrian refugees, through their lens as the first filmmakers ever given a tent and registered inside of a refugee camp. Among its accolades, the film has been endorsed by Queen Rania of Jordan and was accepted into the 2016 American Film Showcase by the U.S. State Department. Both films may be found on Netflix.

Most recently, Chris and Zach collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency and Google to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. The project was featured on the homepage of Google and reached over 5 million people in the first two weeks.

Equal parts filmmaker and humanitarian, Chris and Zach have been on the front lines fighting for human rights, and have raised over a million dollars to directly empower disenfranchised communities through microfinance, education, and refugee resettlement.


Salam Neighbor: Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Seven miles from war, 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers to be fully embedded in a camp, Chris and Zach provide an intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncovered inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

Chris and Zach will take you behind the scenes of their new film with this speech that includes beautiful footage, photos and surprisingly a message of hope. Their knack at clarifying and demystifying one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises will leave you feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference for our refugee neighbors.

Living on a Dollar a Day: Creating Passion and Compassion

Chris and Zach spent two months living on $1 a day in rural Guatemala. Through shared experiences and financial research with the community, they get a first-hand look at the hardships and hopes of life in destitute poverty.

While they quickly learn there are no easy answers, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20 year old woman, and Chino, a 12 year old boy, gives them resilient hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.

Through extensive use of video, personal stories, and professional experience, Chris and Zach will help you build empathy for others around the world, achieve a sense of gratitude for the opportunities at your fingertips, discover your passion, and equip yourself with the tools you need to create change in the world around you. Small efforts make big impacts, both in your life, and in the lives of those around you.