STREETWISE (1984) Dir. Martin Bell and Mary Ellen Mark

The movie follows a group of children who’s livelihood revolves around dealing drugs and prostitution. The draw of this is that they’re all around the age of 13-15 which puts an eery sense of innocence into these very adult realities. The director and cinematographer did an excellent job of not romanticizing their experience by getting a very gritty and transparent view. I imagine that in order to get this footage a very personal relationship needed to be have between the director and the children/parents which is also why I assume the footage was very brief when Dewayne died.

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