The film takes a startling turn when Amtrak, the owner of the tunnel, announces its intention of evicting the tunnel dwellers, creating a crisis situation for the tunnel community. The pervasive harsh language, and the film's footage of drug use, may be upsetting to some viewers, but I for one find it more upsetting to reflect that there are people living this way in the wealthiest country in human history. The soundtrack music by DJ Shadow accompanies perfectly what we see on screen -- the pessimistic quality of much of the film, as well as its surprisingly hopeful conclusion. A disturbing, powerful film, and one that worked particularly well for me as a companion piece to Jennifer Toth's book "The Mole People: I first saw this documentary on Netflix.
It takes place in the tunnels of Penn Station in New York City which is not far from where I live and delivers a raw look into the homeless community which exists within the tunnels. Its a powerful documentary in my opinion. After the first time I saw it I remembered it and wanted to see it again. Films that effect me that way are far and few in between.
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I finally purchased this dvd for my movie collection and I couldn't be happier. Its loaded with excellent extras. The extras literally bring a whole new experience to the film which makes the purchase of the dvd that much better. If you are a fan of documentaries I definitely recommend giving Dark Days a watch. Its unique, interesting, powerful and raw. If you have seen it and enjoyed it get the dvd for sure cause you'll love the extras. This is one of the best films I've seen on homelessness.
The individuals in the film speak for themselves and it is their words that reveal the truth of the matter. The film is interesting in its segmentation into various 'topics' e. There are enough diverse opinions given that one gets a good understanding of the 'glories' of such a life yet it also reveals that it is not always as it appears. My only critique would be that this is but a small segment of the population and there are many who are less well spoken and who are far worse off in terms of problems mental health, substance abuse or other whose lives are considerably worse, whose stories are not seen.
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But as a whole this is by far the least judgmental and sensationalized film on the subject I have yet seen. Definitley get the DVD. It contains updates of the people in the film and an excellent interview with the director himself. The way the film came together is almost as fascinating as the stories of the individuals in the film.
More importantly, I believe, you'll see where his heart was in making the film and it really adds insight to the film revealing that it is much more than 'just' a documentary. There are also clips of footage that didn't make it into the original film. The music is by DJ Shadow whose music is worth checking out also. See all reviews. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet.
Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a day eviction notice. Dark Days is an excellent documentary highlighting the hardships faced by the homeless people of New York City. Castigated and mistreated by citizens and government officials on the streets, the homeless resort to living in the underground railway tunnels, where they will be left alone. Mark Singer does an excellent job of showing that the 'land of the free' is not so free when people are denied basic human rights.
Singer allows his audience to partake in communication with the homeless, something we rarely take the time to do when we pass a homeless person on the streets. His documentary helps us understand their backgrounds and misfortunes and how they came to be homeless. Singer's documentary really compels one to fight the stereotypes and discomforts associated with the homeless. He captures human suffering in a place where we most often forget to look for it.
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I'd walk around with a book of photos of myself. You spend your time going to hundreds of castings, and the only thing that matters is what you look like. It's not a great way to live. Singer had a loft in Manhattan's Alphabet City area. Parts of it were really dangerous.
There was no chance of getting a taxi on Avenue A. It wasn't so long after the Tompkins Square Park riots , when the police had moved in like an army to sweep out tent-dwellers.
Dark Days: going underground with New York's tunnel-dwellers
All the addicts and homeless guys moved on to the streets, surrounding squats and abandoned buildings. I got talking to them, hanging out, occasionally staying on the streets. Reading this on mobile? Click here to view video. The tunnels sounded great. I wanted to be homeless so badly. But in the tunnels, you can build yourself a house.
These houses were ramshackle constructions built out of scrap metal, bits of plastic, and furniture rescued from skips. Their residents were mostly men — runaways from abusive parents, divorcees, crack addicts. Grief and demons dogged them: Dee, a woman in her 50s, retreated into the darkness after an apartment fire killed her two children; Ralph was tormented by the knowledge that his five-year-old daughter had been raped and mutilated while he was serving a prison sentence.
Here, amid the smell, the rats and the poor sanitation, they had carved out another existence — some for decades.