2008-05-14

Dark Days: Simply One Of The Best Documentaries Ever-Great Soundtrack As Well



I simply love this movie. I own it on DVD and I watch it all the time. This is a documentary about the homeless people in New York who called the abandoned subway tunnels their home. It was simply amazing how they were able to thrive and live on virtually nothing and had amenities that most "normal" people have. This documentary was interesting because not only did the film maker use the subjects as his film crew, but he actually lived down in the abandoned subway tunnels with them. This movie didn't make you pity the homeless, it made you look at them as actual people.

I see homeless people all the time, but never until I saw this documentary did I ever put a true personality to them. People who loved, laughed, smiled, and made the best of their situation. My views of the homeless before were glum, depressed, mentally unstable, uneducated people with drug and alcohol addiction. Never did I ever think in my warped mind these people actually had souls and real lives, no matter how different they may be from mine. I had grown up so desensitized to the whole concept of being homeless, I had never really thought of "those people" as anything more than people to pity. I was taught and raised to rush past them, not ever talk to them. Be scared of them, not compassionate.

As I grew older, I was a bit more compassionate, but I kept them for the most part at a distance. There were a couple of exceptions. I had regular "homeless" folks I would chit chat with to and from work, occasionally giving them money or offering food. My husband thought I was crazy, and for sure was going to get killed, as he was raised with the same mentality I was, but for the most part, most of them were harmless and had issues that most of us could never ever understand. Becky, was a woman with cancer and an alcohol problem who could tell the best jokes, even though from day to day, it would be hard for her to recognize you. Knowledge man, I never knew his real name, he always was reading between traffic lights, but was happy to share what he was reading with you, even offering to sell you the book, and on a good day even borrow it. Now, due to my husband's insistence and my indifference and apathy, I have become less friendly, not so quick to give money or food. I forget again to treat these folks, just like everyone else, with respect and compassion. I think being in a consumer driven society in which we use stuff and then throw it out, we tend to also do this to people, and we need to realize people aren't trash to be thrown away, and that is how the homeless is typically treated.

Anyway, this is a great movie to watch, rent it if you can.