Lost In The Crowd – Review

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DVD cover of lost in the crowdfilm review. 

This hour long documentary is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It is both a testimony to the human spirit and sad evidence that often, spirit is not enough. We follow the lives of a half dozen homeless, gay and transgendered young people over a six year period, seeing what they must do to survive on New York’s mean and gritty streets. They are beautiful kids. All they ever wanted was the love of a family but the ones they were born into cast them out because they were “different,” queer, a fag – because they could not fit into the roles tradition assigned them to.

Even though I have worked on behalf of homeless queer youth for years, this is a phenomenon I am incapable of understanding – how a mother or father can just throw away their own child like a damaged appliance because the child does not fit the parent’s preconceptions. Nonetheless, it happens all the time. Where then do these kids go? How do they live…or die? The film takes us to the lower depths – prostitution, drug dealing, petty theft. They sleep in subways, on the street or in frightening, hostile shelters. We see their lives in raw reality as some form substitute families of their own, some become ever more isolated. In the end, some of the half dozen disappear, one goes to prison, one, against all odds, completes a Master’s Degree and gets a meaningful life and one beautiful, graceful, kind-hearted boy does not survive.

None of these kids ask for much – acceptance, someone to love and to be loved by, a simple roof over their heads. They meet a few good people – outreach and social workers, people who run programs that try to provide for some basic needs, even extraordinary people like the late Willie Ninja – but too few and with far too limited resources.

This is an important and well-produced film. It is not a “feel good” film but it is very real.
Is your organization looking for program ideas? Show this film – then get involved in working with the organizations that are already trying to help. Are you teaching a class in LGBT studies or contemporary sociology? This film is a priceless resource. If you are a person who wants to get to know more about aspects of the LGBT world that are rather different from what you see on “The A List,” get this DVD and watch it. It may open your eyes and your heart.
www.lostinthecrowd.net

DVD cover of lost in the crowdfilm review. 

This hour long documentary is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It is both a testimony to the human spirit and sad evidence that often, spirit is not enough. We follow the lives of a half dozen homeless, gay and transgendered young people over a six year period, seeing what they must do to survive on New York’s mean and gritty streets. They are beautiful kids. All they ever wanted was the love of a family but the ones they were born into cast them out because they were “different,” queer, a fag – because they could not fit into the roles tradition assigned them to.