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First-time filmmaker Jeffrey M. Togman’s documentary HOME, examines the complex issue of poverty by following the struggles of Sheree Farmer, a Newark single mother of six, as she tries to find a home for her family. Featured in the film is the New Community Corporation, a nonprofit community development corporation and Network member. The film will be aired on the Sundance Channel on October 15 at 9 p.m. if you don’t get the Sundance Channel, the film is available to rent through Netflicks.
On a gang-controlled deadend street, Sheree Farmer is raising her six children alone. With the help of Mary Abernathy, a former fashion industry executive turned community activist, Sheree struggles to buy her first home and escape her violent and drug-infested Newark neighborhood. In Home, director Jeffrey Togman follows these two exceptional women in an intimate story that speaks to the future of America’s cities.
While working to qualify for a mortgage, Sheree has a fight with one of her daughters, Jalishah, and loses custody to her ex-husband Larry, an ex-con and former drug abuser who beat Sheree brutally during their 15-year marriage. Sheree wants the house and, more importantly, she wants Jalishah back. But Sheree is scared and overwhelmed. What will happen if she goes to jail for hitting Jalishah? What if she can’t handle being a homeowner? Throughout the film, and up until the very end, it is never clear whether Sheree will get the house or whether she will get her daughter back.
Unflinching and surprisingly humorous, Home challenges how we think about race, class, and the American dream of homeownership.