The Homestretch follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers—Roque, Kasey, and Anthony—will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, the teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us to larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBT rights. The Homestretch is a powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless, and building a future in America today.
In May 2010, Human Rights Watch published My So-Called Emancipation: From Foster Care to Homelessness for California Youth that documented the struggles of foster care youth who become homeless after turning 18 or "aging out" of state care, with insufficient preparation or support for adulthood. While exact estimates vary, research suggests that around 20 percent of the approximately 20,000 youth leaving foster care nationally each year will become homeless. Those who leave foster care with special needs often face a particularly rough road: mental health problems or cognitive limitations can bar entry to a transitional living program. So can being a parent. Youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender often have even fewer community resources and support to avoid homelessness.
A huge thank you to our London audiences! We had a great 20th anniversary of the festival and hope you did too. #hrwff
ff.hrw.org/London Filmmaker Nanfu Wang and super activist Ye Haiyan (Hooligan Sparrow) must avoid arrest and assault by government goons. But they can't stop her protest going viral. London's opening night film, Hooligan Sparrow: a thriller doc set across southern China featuring friends who will go to any lengths to expose the truth. #iwd #iwd2016 #femalefilmmakers #China #thriller #documentary #openingnight #canapé #reception #qanda #humanrights #film #London #soho
ff.hrw.org/London Legendary author, activist, and playwright, Larry Kramer gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. As one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in contemporary gay America, the pioneering activist called for direct action to make AIDS a national issue, forever changing public health policy. Larry Kramer In Love & Anger paints a vivid picture of a divisive man who has paved the way for gay rights in the United States and beyond. Showing March 11/12 at #HRWFF #London ff.hrw.org/London #hrwff2016 #documentary #lgbt
ff.hrw.org/London What's wrong with this picture? Artist Sun Mu subverts propaganda from North Korea after escaping in the 90s. I Am Sun Mu shows at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London March 9-18. Tickets: ff.hrw.org/London Trained by the North Korean army as a propaganda artist, he fled to South Korea during a famine in the 90s. He uses a pseudonym and keeps his face hidden for his family's safety. His paintings resemble propaganda and have even been mistaken as such, but they are replete with political satire. #sunmu #realism #art #painting #poster #popart #documentary #film #London #socialistrealism #capitalistrealism #hrwff #hrwff2016 Clue: It involves the flag.