Skid Row (2007)

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Grammy-winning Fugee Pras Michel explores the troubling reality of homelessness by shedding his million dollar duds and living in the five block radius of Los Angeles known as "Skid Row" - an area where poverty runs notoriously rampant - in this documentary co-directed by Marshall Tyler, Ross Clarke, and Niva Dorell. For nine days Michel trades his stardom for the anonymous life of a typical homeless man, struggling to find food and shelter in a bit to better understand the arduous plight of the less fortunate. As the days progress and Michel gradually gets to know the men, women, and children who call the sidewalks their home, tragic and heartfelt stories of survival give a face to the folks who many simply do their best to ignore. Meanwhile, Michel's on-camera experiences are interjected with various statistics about the homeless situation - including the fact that Los Angeles has the largest homeless population in the entire United States.
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R (for drug content and language)
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Documentary , Special Interest
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[Skid Row is] less about finding humanity in the homeless population and more about realizing how a change of circumstance could lead even the most cocooned viewers to find dark inhumanity in themselves.

Full Review… | August 23, 2007
Washington Post
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Pras, one of the founding members of the hip-hop group The Fugees, goes undercover to shed light on the plight of the homeless.

Full Review… | March 27, 2008
NewsBlaze

An eye-opening and necessary look at a large, plain-view problem that most people would simply rather ignore.

Full Review… | September 5, 2007
TheMovieReport.com

[Pras] has done something significant and substantial in terms of awareness of people who, for all their addictions and self-abuse, are still human beings.

Full Review… | August 27, 2007
Film Journal International

...Skid Row too often comes to feel like a vanity project, with the focus of the film frequently shifting away from Skid Row's history and people to Pras's sketchy immersion in homelessness...

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
Slant Magazine

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May 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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½

Alright documentary but wouldve been ALOT better if they put a hidden cam on a person who actually lives on Skid Row.The other thing that ruined it for me was knowing that after Pras Michel's 9 days were up, He would be going back to his house in Beverly Hills

Brody Manson
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