After losing five years behind bars, a young man begins his new life in San Francisco, eager to find a job, a home, and a second chance.
When I tilt my head up and walk down the streets of San Francisco, I see glass towers shimmering in the sunlight, luxurious penthouse lofts, and hills painted with colorful Victorian-style houses. I walk past some of the wealthiest people in the world, and then I tilt my head down.
On the same block I see beat-up tents, cardboard boxes covered in dirt, and people laying on the ground starving. We make up stories for these people and stereotype them. It allows us to feel better about ourselves as we walk past in silence. If we avoid eye contact, it’s easier to pretend they’re not there. If we walk fast enough, maybe they won’t ask for help. What happens if we stop walking?
88 Cents follows a young man as he descends into homelessness after being released from prison. There are over seven thousand people living on the streets in San Francisco, a hundred million worldwide, and little resources available to help. This is a film that explores the intimate challenges of homelessness and forces the viewer to stop walking.