STREETWISE
1984, Janus Films, 91 min, USA, Dir: Martin Bell

Seattle, 1983. Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins. Born from a Life magazine exposé by Mark and McCall, STREETWISE follows an unforgettable group of at-risk children - including iron-willed 14-year-old Tiny, who would become the project’s most haunting and enduring face, along with the pugnacious yet resourceful Rat and the affable drifter DeWayne - who, driven from their broken homes, survive by hustling, panhandling and dumpster diving.


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