This weekend HOW I GOT OVER premiered at the AFI DOCS Documentary Festival to sold-out audiences on Saturday and Sunday. The film took a deep look at the power of the arts—while also exploring the root causes of homelessness and the truths of poverty in America—asking one profound question over and over: “Can art save your life?”
HOW I GOT OVER, by Nicole Boxer (producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War), chronicles the journey of 15 formerly homeless women, living in N Street Village’s Recovery Housing program, as they participate in The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program. In the end of HOW I GOT OVER, the women take to the Kennedy Center stage, where they step into the spotlight to share their harrowing true-life stories in a sold out, one-night-only performance, which took place in April 2012.
Throughout the powerful documentary, the actors from N Street Village share their experiences of trauma, addiction, recovery, perseverance, and triumph. They find hope, and we as viewers come to know who they are as individuals in our community.
While you cannot see the documentary in your local movie theater, yet, you can read a great article featured on the cover of The Washington Post’s Metro section this past weekend.
Thank you for all that YOU do to make these amazing Village moments possible!
- Watch the trailer for HOW I GOT OVER.
- View pictures from the film’s premier on Saturday at the Naval Heritage Center.
- Visit N Street Village to see first-hand the difference your investment makes in the lives of our city’s most vulnerable women.