After all, it's just a ride….

Streetwise (1984)

First day back at work or do you have that dubious honor on Monday? Fighting through gales and freezing rain? Suffering that post festive hangover? Then let me cheer you up with this 1984 Oscar nominated documentary on the distressing lives of street children, not in Bogotá or Mexico City, not in Saigon or Port-au-prince, no this is set in….Seattle;

What can I say? Well, I was turned onto this by a new series of articles in Sight & Sound highlighting overlooked and neglected gems, they usually know what they’re talking about and this is devastating, as much a fascinating snapshot in time as it as a damning indictment of Regan’s economic ‘miracle’…..think of it as pre-grunge The Wire, complete with Tom Waits scored ending…..


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