Following Faith

Free showing of ‘The Homestretch’ at Salt Lake City’s Christ United Methodist Church

First Published      Last Updated Mar 27 2017 08:48 am

Salt Lake City's Christ United Methodist Church invites the public to view "The Homestretch," the latest installment of its social-justice film series, on Sunday.

A 2015 Emmy Award winner, the film (http://www.homestretchdoc.com/) follows three homeless teens through their struggles to stay in school, graduate and, against economic, ethnic and social stereotypes, build a future.

Filmed on and around the mean streets of Chicago, the movie puts both the courage of the teens — as well as the poverty of lives spent in search of hope and a place to sleep, whether a borrowed couch, a shelter or the streets — on stark, honest display.

Viewers find themselves on the frontlines of the nation's homelessness crisis through first-person narratives, and haunting and intimate scenes of setbacks and triumphs alike.

Terry Haven, head of the church's Social Justice Committee, said representatives from the Homeless Youth Resource Center will lead a discussion after the film.

The movie will screen at 6:30 p.m. March 26. Christ United Methodist Church is located at 2375 E. 3300 South. For more information, call 801-554-6570.

— Bob Mims