Home (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social Issues  |   Release Date - Sep 20, 2006 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A single mother struggling to raise her six children while simultaneously qualifying for home ownership receives a helping hand from a former fashion industry executive-turned-community activist in filmmaker Jeffrey M. Togman's though-provoking meditation on the future of urban America. Sheree Farmer lives with her six children on a dead-end Newark street controlled by gangs. Though she longs to escape her violent surroundings, a fight with her daughter Jalishah while working to qualify for a mortgage causes Sheree to lose custody of the young girl to her abusive ex-husband Larry - a violent ex-con and former drug-addict who mercilessly battered Sheree over the course of the couple's tumultuous fifteen-year marriage. Now threatened with the prospect of jail time for hitting her daughter and doubtful that she will be able to meet the rigorous demands required to become a homeowner, Sheree attempts to claim her stake on the American dream while all the while challenging the contemporary views of race and class.

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activism, American-dream, daughter, gang-violence, homeowner, house, mortgage, neighborhood, struggle