Directed and Produced by Susan Polis Schutz. Annukka Lilja, editor. Bret Granato, supervising editor.
This documentary shows that homeless people are like you and me. They dance, they sing, and have dreams and aspirations. Life is tough on the streets, but hope has come in the form of a homeless chorus.
"When you see a homeless person remember that you see that chapter of their book, but you are not seeing the beginning of the book" explained Jean, who was a nurse for 27 years and is now homeless.
"Homeless people are just regular people - they are people that need help -you got to just take the time to understand them - talk to them get to know them - they are just caught up in bad times," says unemployed painter, Judah, who now lives on the street with his wife and children.
In these honest and riveting interviews, members of the chorus tell their stories; from women who have been abused and used, to men hooked on drugs, to people who just can't afford housing, to people who need medical care. Three veterans, together with other members of the group, share their hopes and dreams, and ideas about solutions to the homeless problem.
While singing inspirational songs such as "Over the Rainbow," and "We are Family," their voices soar, and the harsh realities of the street evaporate if only for an hour. Suicides have been thwarted because of the friendships that have been formed. Together, in their shared voices, they find joy and family. And from their music comes the power to change lives.
The film also chronicles the efforts of two musicians, Nina Deering and Steph Johnson, who founded the group.