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    “High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell” - Richard Farrell, Maryann DeLeo and Jon Alpert (1995)


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    Mensagem por Fia em Qui Nov 19, 2009 9:45 pm

    While Lowell is generally known for its central role in the Industrial Revolution as the first planned textile town in the United States, the city had fallen on hard times since that industry left around World War II. Wang Laboratories, a major employer in Lowell in the more prosperous 1980s, declared bankruptcy and virtually went out of business in the early 1990s. The Lowell of 1995 had a large percentage of the population unemployed or underemployed, in poverty, and unaffected by positive things in the city like the Lowell National Historical Park and The Lowell Folk Festival (established in 1990). Much of the film takes place in a lower-class section of the city's Highlands neighborhood.
    The documentary frames the lives of three addicts against this background; particularly their hopeless situations, while exploring them as human beings. The film reveals the lives behind addiction: their aspirations, why they do drugs and why they don't quit, etc. It interviews their families, friends, and members of the community, discussing how drugs have destroyed the lives of the addicts. Richard Farrell, one of the directors, writers, and producers, is a native Lowellian and a former addict; allowing the crew deep access to the city's drug scene.
    The filmmakers follow around three people: Boo, Brenda, and former professional Boxer Dickie Eklund in their daily exploits to get high. Throughout the course of the documentary, Brenda, a prostitute, becomes pregnant and contemplates an abortion. The father is supposedly her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Mike. She also attempts detox rehab for the baby, but loses the will to complete the program, as she had many times before. She ultimately goes missing, and although the police become aware of her whereabouts, she informed them not to tell anyone in Lowell where she is. Dickie, the older brother of "Irish" Micky Ward, is a father who had at one time fought Sugar Ray Leonard, losing by decision after 10 rounds. He tries to prevent his habit - and the crimes he commits to feed it - from destroying his life, but he can never stay clean for long and ends up arrested on multiple violent charges. While awaiting trial, his mother attempts to raise enough money to get him out on bail with a benefit at the local VFW where they will watch his old fight tapes, but it devolves into a fight between spectators. He ultimately ends up with a lengthy prison sentence. Boo Boo, who feeds his habit on petty crime and is occasionally romantically linked to Brenda (having serious arguments with both Brenda and Mike), discovers he has HIV after she goes missing. He subsequently attempts to find honest work, joins a support group, and attempts to re-open contact with his family. He loses a job as a deliveryman at a nearby donut shop when it is revealed he was driving with no license. The documentary ends with him discussing how he is the only member of the three still in Lowell and not in jail.

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