On the Edge: Homelessness in America

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Olympia
6:30 PM, Thursday, January 18, 2018 PST
Location: Olympia (click for map)

This award winning film follows seven women and their children as they courageously step out of America’s shadow of shame and homelessness, lugging family troubles and deep-seated anxiety as they grapple to avoid returning to their nomadic existence. Their brutal honesty reveals not only the turmoil and tragedies that led to their homelessness but also their vulnerability of returning to a life of invisible struggle to survive.  Their stories give new meaning to life “on the edge.”

They speak of the friends who tried to help them and their own desire to help others like themselves.  Each woman has fought to regain her independence with a fragile support network, based on society’s ambiguous standards. They grasp tenuously to the edge of stability hoping for future lives in their own homes, or at least to avoid the return to homelessness.

* Winner of  Big Muddy Film Festival,  John Michaels Memorial Film Award  
* Best of Festival Faculty Documentary Division Broadcast Educators Association
* Selected for broadcast by PBS

Special Guests: Discussion following the film will be facilitated by local volunteers and experts sharing information and engaging in dialog about the upcoming ballot issue Home Fund, Point in Time Homeless Count and service providers.

Release Year: 2010

Running Time: 58 minutes

Director: Nomad Productions--Produced by Diane Nilan and Director Laura Vazquez