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Terence Lester is the founder of Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit in Atlanta that serves and raises awareness for those experiencing poverty. In 2016 Terence walked from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington D.C., a 650 mile journey across the country that spanned over two months.
Starting in downtown Atlanta on August 20th, Terence began his journey surrounded by friends, family, and strangers who joined him to raise awareness for poverty at the SCLC Headquarters.
While Terence had the support of family and friends who walked with him to start, Terence faced most of this journey walking alone. He walked through rain, heat, and even while experiencing pain. He was even told by one church that he wasn’t welcome and they could not let him inside for water or to use the restroom.
This street-level account of poverty and homelessness follows Terence through all the difficulties that those facing poverty and homelessness experience every day. On the journey Terence also meets people from all different backgrounds and interviews them to capture their stories.
Terence meets people that work 40+ hours a week and still do not make enough to provide for themselves or their children, every day people who never thought they’d be sleeping on the streets, and people who have a roof over their head but no running water.
Throughout the film, Terence also interviews experts who shed light onto the problems that face those who are trying to escape poverty. They offer hard facts and real obstacles that face the people trying to climb out of the cycle of generational poverty.
As Terence finally reaches Washington D.C., he is greeted by the same friends and family who started this journey with him. He gives an encouraging speech outside of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The end of the film will leave the viewer changed with a question of how they can make a difference.
This film would not have been made possible without Johnny Taylor, who drove a bus behind Terence and did videography for the project. As well as Ali Brathwaite who followed as a videographer and support system.