Friday after work, I headed over to City Cinemas Village East to catch Skid Row, a documentary in which Pras Michel of the Fugees spends 9 days living among the 11,000 homeless people who call LA's Skid Row home. Pras and his hidden cameras give us an inside look into overcrowded shelters, capture personal stories of those battling substance abuse and follow a distraught mother who is searching for her drug addicted son. Pras battles discrimination, hunger, rain and rats to bring this informative and enlightening film to the screen.
Here's what Pras told LAVoice.org about his experience:
You have to hustle, steal, shoplift or prostitute yourself. I chose panhandling. People gave me the worst looks. Like I was invisible and at the same time the worst person on Earth...
Any celeb can write a check for a good cause so it's very refreshing to see someone give of themselves like this. I highly, highly reccommend that you try to see this documentary. Here's the trailer:
For now Skid Row is playing on three screens in the country (City Cinemas Village East in NY, Landmark E-Street in DC and Culver Plaza Theatres in LA). Go to http://www.skidrowthemovie.com/ for more info.