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WHO ARE THEY?
1987

poster

Documentary

Director
:
Bill Bristow

Language:
English

Running Time: 30'

With the participation of:
Michael Alexander

Awards and Nomionations:
1988 - Nomination at the Seattle Film Festival
1988 - Nomination at the Anthropus Film Festival

Plot:
This touching documentary deals with the life of a homeless, crippled colored man (Michael Alexander) leading a miserable life on the streets of Los Angeles.

It shows a realistic picture of the hard living of the homeless people - poverty surrounded by modern society wastes - the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.

Notes:
This documentary has been produced by Rutger.

Originally the documentary was entitled “Michael Alexander”.

The coining of the term “cardboard cities” reflects the public consciousness of the visible increase in the number of homeless people on our cities' streets. Because of problems of ascertainment, putting an accurate figure to this total is impossible. Many of these people are likely to have serious psychiatric or physical problems.

The situation gets even worse for them when they are colored people, thus even more rejected by society.

The fact that severely mentally and physically ill people roam our streets without adequate accommodation and medical care is an inescapable indictment of our society. Our Governments should try their best to prevent a situation that we know it's very difficult to cure, but nonetheless desperately needs a solution.

But is there a real willingness at Government's levels to solve these people's problems?

In our society's eye, who are they?

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