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Directed by: Pedro Kos, Jon Shenk
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Running Time: 39
Date: 11/30/2021

Lead Me Home (2021)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Street Stories

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The short, 39-minute Netflix documentary Lead Me Home takes on the subject of homelessness in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles by attempting to restore dignity and humanity to those affected. It's an extraordinary film, soulful as well as thoughtful, as the wide array of people viewed in the film become a cast of recognizable, relatable humans. Filmmakers Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk employ a "cinéma vérité" style, which eschews interviews and talking heads in favor of a more natural, "fly-on-the-wall" approach. Additionally, the filmmakers draw inspiration from the film Koyaanisqatsi. That 1982 film, directed by Godfrey Reggio, uses beautiful time-lapse cinematography and rich, swirling music by Philip Glass to convey the relationships between life and the world around it. The combination of these two techniques makes for a powerful viewing experience. The robust, dramatic music score by Gil Talmi and the audio design by Skywalker Sound's Pete Horner are the fine finishing touches.

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