The Homestretch

The Homestretch, the latest social-issue documentary from Kartemquin Films, succeeds surprisingly well in having its cake and eating it too. Directors Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly persuasively indict America’s failure to assist homeless teenagers, which a title estimates at 1.6 million people. Yet the stories they present are genuinely uplifting, charting the lives of three homeless Chicago teens as they find housing, complete their high school educations, and ready themselves for the adult world. De Mare and Kelly are up-front about the challenges their subjects face—chiefly their memories of abuse and abandonment—though the tone remains optimistic. It’s an impressive balancing act. Continue reading >>