Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Promises to Keep (1988)

Academy Awards, USA 1989

Best Documentary, Features
Ginny Durrin

Durrin Productions
Directed by Ginny Durrin
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Activists break into a Federal building in DC and use it as a shelter for the homeless. Hundreds show up nightly, but the government tries to shut it down. Mitch Snyder, the leader of the activist group, and others begin a months-long fast to demand action from President Reagan. On the eve of the election, Reagan agrees to make renovations to the building, ending the fast. Months and then years pass with no renovations, prompting more protests. Snyder is a huge personality, single-handedly keeping the cause alive against all odds. His eventual victory is a little anticlimactic, with a Hollywood movie crew starring Martin Sheen (who also narrates this film) showing up at the shelter to make the TV movie, Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story.

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