Homeless Hero is the story of Cheri Honkala’s rise from homelessness and single motherhood to leadership of a growing popular movement in the USA; A report on the opposition to a new power plant on the American Navajo reserve.
During the 2004 Republican National Convention, three political players are followed: Cheri Honkala, liberal activist; Paul Rodriguez, Republican candidate for Congress; and Michelle Goldberg, an independent journalist.
- Outriders (1999)
In June 1998, 50 people, mostly women and children, all poor, some homeless, boarded a bus in Philadelphia. They are members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union — an organization composed of and guided by poor and homeless people — embarking on an odyssey to meet America. For a month they crisscross the country, gathering stories from people who, like themselves, have been cut off welfare or downsized from their jobs. Outriders is the human story of the riders on the New Freedom Bus and the remarkable people they meet.
Poverty Outlaw has a street-level immediacy in its urgent and straight forward realism. Shot over a period of five years in North Philadelphia, “Poverty Outlaw” tells the story of the birth and development of one of the leading poor peoples’ organizations in the U.S., the Kensington Welfare Rights Union.
We’re dying in the streets — that should be against the law is the no-holds-barred attitude of the homeless men and women who are taking control of their lives and taking over empty houses in Pam Yates and Peter Kinoy’s tough, effective film. Funded by Bruce Springsteen, TAKEOVER was shot simultaneously in eight U.S. cities on May 1, 1990 as homeless people risked arrest occupying properties foreclosed by the Federal government.
- Living Broke in Boom Times (2007)
Living Broke in Boom Times has condensed three groundbreaking documentary films (Takeover, Poverty Outlaw & Outriders) spanning a decade of an American movement to end poverty, into segments of ideal length for educational use or advocacy workshops, with new wrap-around commentary from key activists who led the movement. Cheri Honkala, Willie Baptist and Liz Theoharis discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the organizing, and the lessons learned from hard-won experience. As the economic inequality gap in the United States continues to increase, this film gains evermore relevance.