Dark Days

Synopsis: Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Marc Singer
Actors: Marc Singer
Production: Picture Farm
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

Everybody else like they's just-

No, they got some nice houses

here, bro.

Yeah, but I've seen 'em.

They did their house,

but then they never did

anything else to it.

Whenever I used to come down here,

I'd always see him working on his house.

I thought I had the nicest house

down here. -Yeah.

But I don't, bro. Well,

it don't look nice now. -Yeah.

But I don't have the nicest house.

You know who got

the nicest house down here?

- Tom. Tommy.

- Tommy? Yeah.

Tommy's got the nicest house.

But he's been down here

a long time, shit, though.

No. Tommy's been down here about

maybe a year longer than I have.

A lot of my friends, you know,

a lot of my fellas come down here.

Like, my boy came down

last night to visit me. -Yeah.

He brought one of his boys

from school down here.

Ain't never been down here.

The kid like to shit on himself...

when he came in

and saw the place and shit.

Hey, that ain't no help to you.

Well, you feel good about it,

I guess, you know.

You think you're livin' outside,

and it ain't as outside as you think.

- Make you feel a little better, yeah.

- Oh, yeah.

You ain't much tramp as he thought

he was when he walkin' down the track.

- That's exactly-

- That always make you feel good.

I don't consider myself homeless,

'cause a homeless man

ain't got a home.

If you don't consider yourself homeless,

then you ain't ready

to cope with this then.

If you don't consider you homeless.

Well, I mean, I do.

It's, like, in the back of my mind.

It's way back in the back of your mind

if you don't consider you homeless.

You know that? You got it a little

too far in the back of your mind.

But what's the purpose- What was the

purpose of me building this place, right?

It's not to be helpless.

That don't say you ain't homeless.

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