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Published August 18, 2010, 09:50 AM

Homeless people get a chance to tell their story in locally produced film

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Nearly 700-people are considered homeless in the F-M area. The city of Fargo adopted a 10-year plan to combat homelessness. 4-years in, the Coalition of Homeless Persons says we're on the right track, but more needs to be done. A new film produced right here is spreading awareness that homelessness is a problem we walk by every day.

The film was produced by the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons. Two years in the making it profiles local homeless people who tell their story.

Hundreds filed in to catch a glimpse of the film which takes a look at homeless people and their children in the metro. The 28-minute film will be distributed and shown in classes, churches and different groups to educate people on the growing number of homeless people here.

People who watched the film say it was powerful and many think of homelessness as a big city problem and overlook that we plenty of it here among us.

“The film brought out the hopelessness of these people and they really have a lot to confront. It just really touched me.”

The film was directed by Hanna Pollak who was nominated for an Academy Award for a previous film, The Children of Leningradsky. More than 12-different organizations donated to the production of The Face of Homelessness.