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The Saint of Fort Washington

Video: “The Saint of Fort Washington” (1993) starring Matt Dillon and Danny Glover

Unlike most Hollywood depictions of life on the streets this film realistically follows the friendship between a newly psychiatrically deinstitutionalized schizophrenic man and a Vietnam post traumatically stressed homeless man trying to survive on the streets of N.Y.C. This is a thought provoking, disturbing and tenderhearted look at poverty.

Streets of Pain

Videos: “Streets of Pain” (1993) and “Gone Before Dawn” (2010)

Bill Wilson from Metro Ministries, New York, presents two compelling videos which portray the street culture in New York City. Interviews with people from various backgrounds clearly demonstrate the reality of life on the streets of one major U.S. city. Penetrating and insightful. (Content may be offensive to some viewers).

Gone Before Dawn
The Soloist

Video: “The Soloist” (2009) starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Based on the real-life story of Steve Lopez, an LA journalist who meets Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to help him better his life. However, Lopez’s good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers’ personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless.

Video: “The View from Here: Life on the Heater” (1999) directed by Thomas Mann

During a typically frigid Ottawa winter filmmaker Thomas Mann spent 24 hours in the lives of a group of men women and ‘squeegee’ kids who just blocks away from Parliament Hill call a heating vent home. This documentary helps us see the homeless as real survivors trying to make the best of their circumstances.