Running directly beneath Manhattan, stretching along the subway artery from Penn Station to Harlem, lies the Freedom Tunnel, a little-known community comprising New York's homeless and dispossessed. First-time filmmaker Marc Singer sets out to chart their subterranean existence.
Evocatively shot in stark monochrome, this is a harrowing profile of the crack-riddled community resident in New York’s railway tunnels. The pain’s evident in each backstory, but there’s no self-pity, which makes the cosy conclusion feel more contrived than compassionate. Nonetheless, a thought-provoking piece.
Complemented by its black-and-white photography and a moody DJ Shadow score, this is a gritty yet often tender look at society's margins.