Humanities Institute

Film Screening: The Homestretch

Thu, August 6, 2015 | APL Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702

7:00 PM

Film Screening: The Homestretch

A new collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library

Controversy and Conversation: Difficult Dialogues Film Series

The Homestretch (2014) will be screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library on August 6th at 7.00 PM.

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens 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, 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.

Trailer for The Homestretch.

Read more about the film here.

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