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East of Hope Street (1998)

 -  Drama  -  February 1998 (USA)
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A gritty, urban, real-life story of a teenage latina who comes of age while struggling to survive the abuses of home, the inner city, and an overburdened social system in a Los Angeles most of us never see.

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Based on actual events- 15 year old Alicia Montalvo escapes the civil war violence in her native El Salvador to live in Los Angeles with her younger brother and crack-addict aunt. Her trials are compounded when the illegal sweatshop in which she works is raided. Escaping the INS raid, she is beaten by her aunt when she comes home without cash. At school, her bruises are noticed and child welfare authorities eventually step in and place her in a foster home, separating Alicia from her brother. At the foster home she is led astray by the family's other foster daughter and falls victim to a sexual predator. Police, pregnancy, the group home for pregnant teens, the house bully, rape and a shooting. It's more bad stuff than one human being should have to bear. Written by Anonymous

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Based on director Nate Thomas's 10 years of experience working as a counselor at the Florence Crittenton Center, a group home for pregnant teens in Los Angeles. Actor Tim Russ, from "Star Trek: Voyager" fame, financed the bulk of movie and plays a role autobiographical of his close friend Thomas. See more »

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This films message needs to be heard around the world!
29 October 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

For a film with a tight low $100,000 budget, it worked out beautifully. The message that director Nate Thomas and producer Tim Russ bring to the audience should be praised and heard around the U.S. for the citizens need to be aware of tragedy that happens in today's foster homes.


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