A special screening of Martin Bell’s critically acclaimed documentary STREET WISE, with Q+A and talk from Judith Vickers, project manager at Lifeshare.
STREET WISE portrays the lives of nine desperate teenagers. Thrown too young into a seedy grown up world, these runaways and castaways survive, but just barely.
Rat, the dumpster diver. Tiny, the teen prostitute. Shellie, the baby-faced blonde. DeWayne, the hustler. All old beyond their years. All underage survivors fighting for life and love on the streets of downtown Seattle.
The documentary raises questions on how we view survival especially in terms of survival sex and criminality. How do we watch a documentary exploring these issues with children and young adults and think about consent?
After the film we’ll be hosting a Q&A asking front-line support workers what the comparisons can be made between the film and how young homeless lives are in Manchester today.
Lifeshare is a voluntary organisation established to help meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Manchester and Salford. The first point of contact is with people on the streets, offering practical assistance, support and information. From this point we offer continued assistance that enables people to secure suitable accommodation, support them in maintaining their tenancies, and help them to access initiatives that carry their lives forward.
Film starts at 7:30 with talk and Q+A following.
BYOB and of course, FREE. ALL WELCOME.