What I did learn from the documentary was that people have been "squatters" in the Mud Flats of the Hudson River - Penn Station since the late 1800's, early 1900's. The tunnel was built on top of a landfill and stretches from 72nd to 123rd Streets. In 1991, when Amtrak was laying new track, they found 150 people leaving in the tunnel. The documentary helped in negotiating the people from their make shift homes, into section 8 housing with jobs and the opportunity to change their lives.
The only part of the movie that was unclear to me was how did they get their refrigerators, large pieces of plywood, T.V.'s and other large items, down to their living quarters. They tapped into the electricity and could run refrigerators, televisions, hot plates, shavers, many of the conveniences of home. Not everyone has a drug problem, some just ran away from their home lives and found that living in the tunnels was the easiest way to insure no one stole their personal items, and their safety from the non compassionate world who shunned them.
The film won many awards including:
2000 - Dark Days - Independent Spirit Award - Best Documentary.
2000 - Dark Days - L.A. Film Critics Association - Best Documentary.
2000 - Dark Days - Sundance Film Festival - Freedom of Expression Award.
2000 - Dark Days - Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award for Documentary Film.
2000 - Dark Days - Sundance Film Festival - Cinematography Award in Documentary Competition.
Director: Marc Singer
Producer: Marc Singer