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Without a Home2011

  • 4.1
Filmmaker Rachel Fleischer spent four years creating this extraordinary documentary that enters the lives of six homeless individuals in her hometown of Los Angeles. The film's subjects include families in temporary housing, a street performer who depends on banjo-playing for income and a heroin-addicted man living in Skid Row, an area of the city that contains one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. Intertwined with each tale is the story of Fleischer herself, as she attempts to walk the fine line between telling the stories of her subjects and helping those in need. As the film's intimate and powerful stories confront our preconceived notions regarding homelessness, Fleischer's journey unflinchingly reveals the challenges and triumphs that arise when we choose to help those without a home.

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This was a very powerful and moving insight into the lives of homeless people in Los Angeles but by no means only LA. We all should know the difficulty facing some people and why they end up the way they do. It not only gives us the means to appreciate our bounty in life but also develops empathy to perhaps allow us to help others less fortunate. This was as real as it gets.

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This was a very powerful and moving insight into the lives of homeless people in Los Angeles but by no means only LA. We all should know the difficulty facing some people and why they end up the way they do. It not only gives us the means to appreciate our bounty in life but also develops empathy to perhaps allow us to help others less fortunate. This was as real as it gets.

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BRAVO! An amazing documentary! Thank you Rachel.

Tremendous!! I liked the closing song too...apparently done by a relative of the director's.

One of the better docs on Fandor.

I really couldn't relate to it much.

very knowledgeable,