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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 89 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

THE HOMESTRETCH follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these resilient, inspiring teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise 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, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry's Crib emergency youth shelter and Teen Living Programs' Belfort House, THE HOMESTRETCH follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. The film examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today.

“Homestretch is a rich tool for classroom discussion. The film captures the complexities of this crisis well, including the resiliency and potential of the featured homeless youth; the dedication and depth of emotion of those who help; the sheer magnitude of the crisis; and the insufficiency and precariousness of resources for support services. The three youth featured in the film provide a realistic balance in terms of the various factors which can lead to life on the streets and the different and nonlinear paths out of homelessness. I would highly recommend this film for educational settings at all levels."
- Lori A. Nessel, Esq., Professor of Law, Director,
Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law
2 versions: the original 89-minute version and a 53-minute version, plus a special 15-minute educational reel focusing on the public schools, the trailer and deleted scenes. Also has scene selection for both versions, and SDH captions.

World Premiere:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection:
AFI Docs
Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Screened at:
St. Louis International Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
BendFilm Festival
Dallas VideoFest
Kansas International Film Festival
High Falls Film Festival
Indie Memphis FilmFest
Anchorage International Film Festival
Citizen Jane Film Festival

Links: www.homestretchdoc.com

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