As I always said, the best fiction is about reality. Watch a documentary about real life teens facing the same struggles Booker T does in Box of Rain.
The Homestretch is a documentary I first mentioned when I was still in the infant stages of writing Box of Rain. I was doubly excited about the news. First of all, and most importantly, the film calls attention to the overlooked and heartbreaking fact that many youth trying to make their way through the Chicago school system are also homeless. The film follows three youth as they struggle to stay in school.
The second reason, of course, is because that is the topic I address in Box of Rain. Booker T worked hard to get a college scholarship, yet a macabre murder, combined with a tendency to judge a street kid by past prejudices, might make his efforts all for nothing.
I just found out that the documentary, which is available for special screenings and is being released in several locations, is going to be shown on the PBS…
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