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Narrated by Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals, people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society's basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here. With the support of a vast array of advocates, especially the services of LAMP, the mission featured in the Jamie Foxx/ Robert Downey Jr. film, THE SOLOIST, many residents of Skid Row have found a way to stick together and fight back. Narrated by actress Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS demonstrates how proactive approaches to homelessness-most specifically that of providing housing-are helping many to recover from mental illness and substance abuse and to find stability. For many, Skid Row is, improbably, the last place to find refuge and build a life of meaning, proving that sometimes home is where the help is.

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  • Actors: Catherine Keener, Kevin KK Cohen, Terri Detroit Hughes, Linda Lorraine Harris, Danny The Olympian Harris
  • Directors: Thomas Napper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATR7ED0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on June 6, 2013
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This self-affirming, award winning and moodily informative documentary, narrated by Catherine Keener, shines a different light on what is referred to as a "low-income housing community" and basically, it is. Skid Row does not exist on any map, and populates over 11,000 people, of whom are: caretakers of others there, the occupants themselves, cleanup people, welldoers, the numerous mentally ill, sanitation groups, line cooks, Advocates for the community, and others having exceptional creativity with their jobs that they do (daily and/or nightly). Over 2/3 of the population of Skid Row is mentally ill and just trying to their lives together.

Along with the aforementioned groups, the documentary takes a look at several individuals living here who have high hopes for the future: A younger Danny Harris is a 'Silver Medalist' from the Olympics. Multiple times diagnosed, and suffering from mental illness, Bam Bam is the subject of controversies and will permanently be moving on with a 'Section 8' in time. "Detroit" has been mentally-ill since the age of 16 and now is a displaced mother who chose to travel and live here. While O.G. works during the day, along with his volunteer "Brigade", keeping the streets clean, Mary Anne spends her days taking care of the cat population (and some of the other animals also) within the area along with her much younger partner Kevin (K.K.) Kohen. He came from an affluent upbringing, is more than halfway through Medical School, and is also midway into his psychology degree. This focus group is, in part, the vocal Advocate for changing the condition and bettering their home.

The community inhabits a small share of outreach programs, including L A M P, that aids the mentally ill people with food, medical care, pharmaceuticals, and housing.
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Few people know what it is like to be homeless. I am a success story. I had a nervous breakdown when I suffered extreme symptoms from PTSD. No one really knew what it was back then. My employer fired me while inpatient and the hospital booted me because I had no insurance once I was unemployed. I ended up learning that my "friends" were thieves, stealing even my underwear and linens, electronics, my car, etc. I lived in a shelter then left because of the craziness that was going on there and was blessed to be offered the floor of stranger's home (Dawn, I owe you so much). I am now secure but the safety net of a college degree in Business and a great job at a Fortune 50 company wasn't enough to spare me the trauma of homelessness! I am a success story. I share this to say, you really don't know what the future holds!

This was a fantastic look at the reasons behind homelessness and why everyone should care about it. I had just recently seen "Tent City", which I thought was excellent as well. Both introduce various people and give a brief synopsis of the reason for their homelessness and the solutions attempted.

Lost Angels was filmed over a longer period of time in my perception, which gave a summary of what happened to some of the people who were trying to get off the street. The overriding issue presented in this documentary was the fact that most of the people had some type of mental illness. Our society still derides this condition as if it were a personal deficit and not a medical issue. Thank God that they are people out there as were featured in this DVD that choose to lend people a hand in finding resources and a roof until things improve.
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This is a good documentary to give a reference towards gratitude and appreciation for simple things in life whether it's for those who've been on skid row or those who've never been and struggle with where they're at now.
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I saw this on Cable. I had been to Los Angeles's Skid Row many times. Hidden away from tourists and show how the poor have to survive there. And the attempt to clean it up. I don't know how long that happened. Ironically, some of them are happy living that life from day to day.
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We live in a world where we are so busy with being busy that we forget about what's going on around us and how serious it can get. These are people who were just like us who lost their way this is a must have.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truckle on November 10, 2013
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Sympathy is great ..... but motivation to help and understand is found in 'empathy'. Empathy is healing. It motivates. It helps put you in the space of another, be it animal, human, even a plant that needs water. There is great nobility to be found here on Skid Row. Yes, there is crime, violence and apathy too. Let us not forget though, that those aspects exist in the wealthy, the more comfortable, the 'nicer society' (tongue-in-cheek). Pedophiles, drug lords, human trafficking, it's all a dirty secret in some of our 'respected' members of society. So much easier to beat up and devalue the homeless, the defenseless, the mentally ill. What is society thinking?

We all can be lost and spiral downwards. However, the most 'enlightened' truly do walk among us. It is those who struggle to raise themselves up, despite their circumstances, and strive for a better tomorrow. Sometimes, it's by taking a broom and sweeping the streets, or extending love to abandoned cats.

We can all learn to live this way - thinking of others, no matter how small, and respecting the light within.

Thank you for this wonderful piece of film.
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