But for the Grace of God?HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
We have all seen them standing on the corner holding the cardboard signs. "Will work for food." "Homeless and hungry -- please help." And we have all surely wondered how someone ends up homeless and what, if anything, we can do to help. "But for the Grace of God?" is the story of first-time filmmaker Ron Garret's audacious quest to answer these questions by trying to get a homeless person off the street and make a movie about homelessness with a happy ending.
I had heard this movie is up for several awards, so I decided to take a look. I was totally blown away. Ron Garret does an outstanding job "humanizing" the issue of homelessness and helping others understand how they can have a positive impact in the fight against homelessness in America.
Revealing insight into an aspect of society understood by no one, and everyone
"But For The Grace Of God?" is the conversation that everyone who has ever passed by a homeless individual on the street--which is to say, everyone--wishes they could have, if only there were time, no risk of bodily harm, no risk of worsening someone's problem, no guilt, no dirt, and no other issues of one's own to worry about. By assuming all of the risk for us, Ron Garret has done society an enormous service in helping to explain, at least on one street corner in southern California, Exactly What Is Going On Here. The answer isn't simple, and it's not immediate, either, which makes the movie that much more fascinating.
While he is clearly caring and supportive, at times it's uncomfortable to hear Ron question those he is trying to help. Yet simultaneously, to achieve a complete understanding of the issues, it's just as crucial that he ask those questions, because we all have them. The answers are stunning, both as they relate to the stories of the individuals telling them, and as they serve to connect the dots depicting the slow but steady unraveling of the middle class in the United States of America, already evident in so many other respects with which viewers are likely familiar.
For the average American, it's a movie well worth watching. For those at work in social services, and especially in government, it should be required.
For those that don't understand
I've had a personal interest in Homelessness for years, and have a better understanding than most.
As with most societal outliers, people come up with their own explanations of why homelessness occurs, usually with minimal insight.
I hope this gets seen far and wide. Better understanding of homelessness by society at large can better help people to co-exist with the homeless, and work together to provide better assistance as Ron has demonstrated here.