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Officials bring 100 homeless to see Will Smith film

Officials bring 100 homeless to see Will Smith film

About 100 homeless people were guests of the mayor's office Thursday for a private screening of "The Pursuit of Happyness," the real-life story starring Will Smith of a homeless dad who worked his way to becoming a millionaire.
City officials said they hoped the audience would gain hope from the film. Others cautioned against high expectations, saying many homeless people are mentally ill and struggle with substance abuse.
When Smith's character, Chris Gardner, is finally offered the stockbroker job he painfully worked for, the audience burst into applause and wiped away tears.
"Everybody here not only has a story, but they have gifts and skills," said Arafa Speaks, a 52-year-old homeless woman and longtime advocate who presented the idea to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration last month.
S. Rock Dozier, 47, who also is homeless, said that while the film gave him hope, thinking that all the homeless people will go out and change their lives is "too much to expect from one event."
Will Smith got a best actor Oscar nomination this week for "Happyness."
Last month, a mayor in Tennessee invited 15 homeless guests to see "Happyness" as well.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:43 GMT+08:00