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Without A Home


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  • Actors: Rachel Fleischer
  • Directors: Rachel Fleischer
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NL7WL6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Recording of the song "Without A Home"
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Making of the film
Profiles of the Homeless

SYNOPSIS

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 U.S. 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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Surprisingly very good.
SRTampa
Even beyond that, it is Rachel's journey as she slowly comprehends what it really means to be homeless.
Bill Mueller
Without a home gives us a glimpse of the lives of homelessness/addiction/and mental illness.
elowyn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mueller on September 22, 2011
Format: DVD
Rachel Fleischer has put together a harrowing film on the homeless in Los Angeles. In actually getting to know the people on the streets rather than just showing facts and figures, one gets to really understand the impact, sadness, and sometimes the horrors of living on the street. Even beyond that, it is Rachel's journey as she slowly comprehends what it really means to be homeless. Rachel is one of us - someone who is saddened by this condition but maybe never fully thought it through. She takes the courageous step of entering this world and taking us with her.

Although some scenes can be dramatic and heavy, it is a very watch-able film and very entertaining due to Rachel's screen presence. It biggest strength is that this is not a movie that throws this cause in your face or tries to guilt trip you into volunteering at a shelter. She merely opens the world for you to see and then you can form your own conclusion.

Highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deana Ruggieri on September 28, 2011
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Without A Home is a must see documentary film. It was created with passion which seems rare in film making today. Through her heart and the lens of her camera, Rachel Fleischer provides her subjects with the most beautiful opportunity to share their stories. She brings us into their daily lives, and their minds, so we may better understand. We see ourselves as not so very distant from our fellow man, who has simply had a different set of struggles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie A. Kosloff on September 29, 2011
Format: DVD
Without A Home is an eye-opening account of homelessness in LA as seen through the eyes of a passionate, empathetic director, Rachel Fleischer. You accompany each individual featured in the film on a journey, understanding their struggles and feeling their pain. It is both heart wrenching and inspiring at the same time. A must see documentary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dj prozac on July 6, 2012
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As someone familiar with the domain of mental illness and the provision of services to the homeless I heartily recommend this movie. It provides an honest, unflinching look at the lives of individuals in various stages of recovery/rehabilitation, attempting to better their lives. Ms. Fleischer's documentary inspires each of us to apply a name to our fellow humans living on the streets, and to dare to connect, to care, to make a difference. Do watch this film!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sir Santa Cruz on July 13, 2012
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"Without A Home" is a rare gem of a documentary. At once personal, topical, sincere, pressing, and heartfelt. Rachel oozes empathy for a topic, for a people, that are often disregarded and left out in the cold - both literally and figuratively. If you've ever wondered about the panhandler on the corner... if you've ever dropped coins in a styrofoam cup... please watch this movie and share it with someone you care about!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura H on September 26, 2011
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You will laugh, you will cry, but you will not forget "Without a Home" !! The documentary focuses on the lives of about six homeless people. By the end of the documentary, I felt I had taken the same journey of discovery that Rachel took. I felt I knew the homeless people as well as I know my friends. Watching "Without A HOme" is a very special experience, an experience I recommend to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 22, 2011
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This is such a brave and heartful film that will change your life in a profound way.
Fleischer captures the many faces of homelessness and returns us to the basic spirit of humanity which has the capacity to heal even the most seeimingly hopeless of individuals. Without A Home bears witness to the fact that basic human kindness can transform someone's life...including your own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goldblatt on October 1, 2011
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Rachel Fleischer has created a gem of a documentary with her study of homelessness in Los Angeles. The point of view is extremely personal, since through the actual act of conducting the interviews and shooting the film, the traditional lines between documentarian and subject are often seen in a state of flux. A very special and deeply moving film.
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