Lost in the Crowd

Lost in the Crowd
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Lost in the Crowd

Sono occorsi più di sette anni per girare questo toccante documentario che segue un gruppo di giovani, per la maggior parte transgender e omosessuali che vivono nelle strade di New York City.Questi ragazzi ci parlano sia della dura realtà della loro vita che dei sogni e delle speranze che gli permetteno di andare avanti. Per molti l’audacia di questo modo di vivere rappresenta un’opportunità per reinventarsi e formare nuove strutture di famiglie alternative. Tra di loro troviamo anche una vera star della scena, la trapassata Willi Ninja, ‘madre’ della casa di Ninja. Il calore e lo spirito di queste persone emerge anche nei vari cambiamenti di fortuna che avvengono col passare degli anni, rendendo il film sempre più interessante e vibrante. Il fatto che queste coraggiose e brillanti persone preferiscano vivere nella strada, adattandosi a qualsiasi cosa, piuttosto che vivere altrove senza la stessa libertà, la dice lunga su come siano ancora gravi e importanti i problemi del mondo LGBT



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Behind the hustle and bustle of New York City’s streets, there is a world that few care to see and even less dare to enter, for the life of a homeless person is fraught with constant danger, especially for those who are transgendered. Nobody knows this better than Clayton who runs an outreach program that aids young homeless people in the city. Driving up the Westside Highway, he gives us a tour of this punishing nether world where daily survival is a constant challenge and life is a kind of brutal bootcamp from which there is little chance of escape. Often cast out by their own families, these young transgendered gravitate to a subculture that embraces them and allows them to reinvent themselves. Many dream of being fashion divas and we explore the world of ‘voguing,’ which are balls organized by transgendered people that mimic and parody big fashion events. Willi Ninja, the now deceased, self-styled ‘mother’ of the House of Ninja, explains his relationship with young transgendered homeless people. Having lived an indigent lifestyle himself for many years, he was discovered by Patricia Field, the fashion designer and costume designer of Sex and the City and was also featured in the film, as well as in Paris is Burning, a documentary about the voguing scene by Jennifer Livingston. He is a role model, a success story that these kids wish to emulate. However for the vast majority of young, homeless transgendered the big break in the fashion world never materializes and as youth and health deteriorate reality sets in and they face tough choices. Kimy is a young transgender homeless from Utah who has trouble because of his criminal past. His mother gave him up when he was an infant and he was adopted by a powerful Washington lobbyist. He ran away from home and hitchhiked to New York. He makes money as a prostitute but dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Jazmine used to be homeless after running away from her family in Puerto Rico to reunite with her heroin addicted father who signed her over to ACS (American Children Services.) She supported herself through prostitution and managed to get a Bachelor’s degree and became a social worker. She is proud that she has managed to defy transgender stereotypes. Adrian was adopted with his two biological brothers into a very religious family by a mother who already had eleven children. In and out of hospitals because of HIV/AIDS, he is torn between trying to comply with his religious beliefs and his transgender lifestyle. Outreach worker Clayton drives around at night with social workers, attempting to help young homeless to find food and shelter. With a past in group homes and also being HIV positive himself, he knows well what many of these young people have been through. He shows us what peer outreach workers experience during their night shifts. The stories of the young people are intercut with footage from nights on the street with the outreach vehicle and the social workers and representatives of other organizations trying to help the homeless. (Susi Graf)

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