Holding On: A Love Story from the Street

A homeless couple struggles for five years to stay together — on and off the street.

Premiere Date
October 8, 1998
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    1998 Chicago International Film Festival-Silver Hugo
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    1998 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial-Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
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    1998 Central Education Network-Best Documentary
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    1998 National Press Photographers Association-First Place for Best Photography, Documentary Category
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    1998 Excellence in Media-Silver Angel Award
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    1998 Boston Press Photographers Association-Best of Show
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    The Film

    For the past five years, Luis Santiago and Donna Mercier have drifted from the streets of Boston to campgrounds, family homes, hospitals, prison, and apartments in New Hampshire. Mercier suffers from depression and Santiago battles diabetes, epilepsy, and a crack addiction. They live off Mercier’s disability check and money Santiago makes panhandling. Unsentimental and non-judgmental, Holding On follows their struggle to stay together — on and off the street.

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