S.P.I.T.: Squeegee Punks in Traffic (2001)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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Daniel Cross's hard-hitting activist documentary S.P.I.T.: Squeegee Punks in Traffic takes a headfirst plunge into a disturbing social phenomenon: that of financially strapped and impoverished homeless children who eke out a living by washing cars at stoplights and hitting the drivers up for change. At the center of it all is Roach, one of the youth in question, who captures the squeegee subculture from the inside out. He takes us inside of the derelict tenement where his buddies and co-workers reside - battling scurvy, gangrene, extreme tooth decay, drug addiction and the basic elements, and running constantly, frantically, in desperate attempts to escape from the cops who vow to bring these kids down. To create this film and capture its compelling imagery, Cross collaborated not only with Roach, but with so many of his colleagues who suffer through the same problems on a daily basis. Several contributed the music on the soundtrack.

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anti-establishment, defiance, homelessness, nonconformity, poverty, rebel-with-a-cause, street-kid, street-life, underground [counterculture], urban-problems, youth