One night in january:
counting the cost of homelessness
a film by Stephen Newton
USA, 54 mins
YES Film Festival regular and favorite, director Stephen Newton, returns to us this year with his latest documentary. In it, he asks the question that many of us ask: Why do we have millions of Americans experiencing homelessness in the wealthiest and most powerful country? And in probing for the answer, the film examines the causes of homelessness and the cultural, social, and financial impact on society. The film was shot principally in Tennessee, where Newton is based, but the conditions and situations regarding the homeless are applicable to any region in the United States. The film includes interviews with historian and philosopher Noam Chomsky, and Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and, most important — the homeless themselves.