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Directed by Phiamma Elias

United States, Portland 2014 88 mins.

While volunteering at a homeless shelter, Maggie’s upper-middle-class world shifts when Alysha, a teen mom, barges into her life. Awakened to the issues of homelessness, Maggie becomes determined to try to make a difference. When a congressman reintroduces a bill called “4 Walls and a Roof,” which makes it a right of every American to have shelter, Maggie decides to take action and goes on a fast. As her health declines, family and friends grow desperate to understand her extreme action and save her. First-time director Elias also wrote this timely story and is spearheading a movement to create a real 4 Walls bill to address the homeless problem in America.

Genres: Drama



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