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Skid Row

Skid Row
1:34:00 | 2007

Categories: Documentary, Politics

SKID ROW is a 50-square block area in downtown Los Angeles where an average of 90,000 homeless and transient people live on any given night. More than just a place - it's a way of life, a mind set, the last resort for those who have given up on society and, in many cases, themselves. In the feature documentary SKID ROW, Pras Michel - one third of the successful hip-hop band The Fugees - lives on the streets of Skid Row for nine straight days and nights as a homeless person. The entire time he and his crew are undercover, using surveillance cameras. His journey is a difficult one, riddled with hunger, exposure to the elements, criminals, drugs and danger. It is also life-changing...as Pras learns not only how to fend for himself, but discovers the dark, very human and, at times, humorous underbelly of Los Angeles.

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Diane Marie
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October 5, 2014
A
Bird Phoenix
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July 7, 2014
A+
Adio
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April 13, 2014
A
Tough documentary. Hard to believe life can be so rough for people in a very wealthy country. Skid Row dwellers, God bless you all.
Tumeka Baker
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February 14, 2014
A
I have been on skid row but for my own reasons
Jimi Lanham
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December 12, 2013
B-
Derrick Brown
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December 7, 2013
A+
C. Pires
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October 30, 2013
B
Briana Knox
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October 4, 2013
A
Fulgenzio Baracco
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August 25, 2013
A
Joel House
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July 7, 2013
A
A film everyone should see. It's a good way to re-learn humanity. Anything you can do, you should do.
Jeffrey Smith
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May 12, 2013
Why can't we as a Nation just build small studio ranch apartments one by one next to each other for people to move in when they end here or that are homeless, small kitchen living room with a bed and bathroom facilities. 200,000 of them and provide some necessities and start helping one person, one unit at a time, get the hell out of there and make it on their own? What ever that takes? What a small cost it would be.
Brian Page
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February 21, 2013
What's the name of the song right at the beginning?
Jake Davidson
1********g
February 21, 2013
Fu-Gee-La: Fugees
Brian Page
8********g
February 21, 2013
Bombb thanks dude
Manny Maez
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February 20, 2013
My name is Manny Maez and I appear in this film towards the end ...Im brushing my teeth...hygiene is very mandatory...even on skid row! I and Pras spoke...me and my funny stories...help to ease the reality of our situation...glad those dark days are behind me now...we in this thang breh...GOD DOES ANSWER PRAYERS...AMEN
Shiela Robinson
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April 8, 2013
I saw you at he end you had a botteled water for brushing your teeth. This documentary was very moving and "real"
Jeffrey Smith
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May 12, 2013
Manny, how did you get out? I am so angry with the rich folk in this country, why can't they see beyond their own mansion gates, I don't know, it frustrates me to no end. Please tell me what you are doing these days?
Reyna Delacruz
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January 27, 2013
love the comments.....but lets go out and educate ourselves as weell as others too and hopefully find have solutions to this epidemic. Atleast this doc. trys to educate people on the problems down in skid row.
Timothy Brown
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December 27, 2012
i`ve been there myself and know the feeling 1st hand. as long as the super priveledged turns a blind eye, the problem will persist! as long as its not them, they just don't give a dam!
Shiela Robinson
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April 8, 2013
I've been there also for probably 1 day and man is that a rough exsistence. There were huge rats running around and it was very sad and dirty. It was a learning experience for me.
Marie Munoz Ko
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June 9, 2012
We need to get to together and help, tell each homeless we love them and help...
Michael Egwuatu
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May 2, 2012
http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/skid_row
Sam Stewart
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April 12, 2012
Oprah / or Trump could easily alone fix that. but the greedy rich folk don't worry about us. I was homeless and could be again if god wills I worked real hard for I thought a friend CONCRETE work and didn't get paid. I want to shoot this guy who lives in luxury, me in a shack but ,,, that's how the rich are!
G.i. Joe
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December 6, 2012
As much as I would like to agree with you... No amount of money in the world would "fix" this situation. It's like bandaids for bullet wounds. It starts with the indivisual who needs help. They have to want it first. I was there... Right there on Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA... I got myself out of there. Nobody else could've done it!
Shiela Robinson
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April 8, 2013
Good for you Joseph, I hope your life is going well to this day. It ain't easy, god bless.
Steven Vanpotter
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March 25, 2012
why doesn't he ytry to get a job? hes just trying to be a bum,, the real test would be him trying to come out of that poverty,, but no hes acting like all the other bums,, just existing day to day,, not doing anything for themselves,, not trying to get out of there and look for a job,, this is stupid piece of work I have ever seen,, its rediculous,, he fits in this life so well,,
Adam Martinez
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March 25, 2012
How are they suppose to get a job while being completely filthy and no way to wash themselves and with no address or phone number to put on the job application? Even if he tried to get a job it wouldn't be the same as a real homeless person trying to get a job. Being a homeless person on skid row means more than being dirty and penny less. It means being broken in some way by the shitty part of society.
Steven Vanpotter
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April 14, 2012
your right,,he s right where his intelligence has taken him,,,that goes for everyone,,your intelligence takes you right were you belong in life,,no excuses,,,
Steven Vanpotter
1********g
March 25, 2012
this guy pras,, he fit right in with the bums from day 1,, as a matter of fact,, if this guy hadn't got into rapin or whatever he does,, he would be on those streets begging like hes doing so well in this flick,, and hes preaching to others about cleaning up,, why don't he give them some of his millions,, this guy is a millionaire and hes making a nonsense video like its going to make some difference in skid row,, he doesn't even ask the right questions,, he fits in so well,, you could say he belongs on skid row himself,, listen to the way he speaks,, misspronouncing words and using simple sentence structure,, asking dumb questions,, and this guy is a millionaire musician? unbelievable.
Scott Lutz
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December 28, 2011
this documentary was amazing it really affected me deeply.i just don't have words to express the sadness that this film describes.I will never feel sorry for my small problems again.I live in a small town in Texas and I have no idea what these souls must feel - it made me want to go and help somehow.
Colette Warde
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December 12, 2011
I thought this was very good. We all get to see what the daily life of living on the streets is like. It does seem like a complex problem an octopus with so many arms but, it seems mental illness is the biggest reason for homelessness. And, once you become homeless, I understand now why it's so hard to pull yourself up from it. You need to have access to a shower to go on an job interview and decent clean clothes. Where do you get the access to a bathroom to fix yourself up. I think that is an immediate need that needs to be addressed. How do we do that?
Sheila White
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December 1, 2011
BY THE GRACE OF GOD THERE GO I! THANK YOU GOD!
John Nwatu
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November 12, 2011
Very deep! Amazing with all the money being made in the western world there's still this kind of poverty...
Robin McNiel
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October 9, 2011
wow, I am so lucky, this could be me, but thank the LORD, that humble me is crying over all those people. We are supposed to be the $ on the globe. Why are there so much poverty all over, and dumping animals too.