From the glitzy sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard to the urban wasteland of Skid Row, "Forgotten" portrays the cruel reality of being homeless in Los Angeles and how these men and women cope with life on the streets of one of America's largest cities.
This is a documentary that needed to decide what point it was trying to make. It starts out telling the stories of the members of the homeless community, which should have been built throughout the story, but that wasn't the case. Somewhere towards the middle, they began interviewing community homeless activists who were well-intentioned, but most shared their own half-baked ideas about how to end homelessness, which added nothing to the story. There's no doubt that homelessness is a huge problem in this country, and like trying to cure cancer, it's a multi-headed disease with no silver bullet, but I think the major issue is mental illness/substance abuse, and until we treat the root cause, we are simply spinning our wheels. Interesting perspective by one of the homeless who pointed out we are importing refugees from the Middle East and providing them housing, but are ignoring our own homeless population. Regardless as to how you feel about the refugees, and I for one am for bringing them here, we need to do more on our own, first.
A powerful, informative and revealing documentary on homelessness. If you have any interest in the homeless, helping them and/or LA you will find this film extremely compelling. The filmmaker does a great job in juxtaposing the glam of LA against the struggles of the homeless.
Not to get political, but when the young man and woman said, how are we supposed to take care of refugees when our own American people are living on the streets, really hit the nail on the head. Right before a flight, the flight attendant tells you to put the oxygen mask on you first, then help the person next to you with theirs. It's ridiculous how many homeless veterans and people there are in this country.