In this personal and moving documentary, we follow Teri and her girlfriend Tiahana as they struggle to navigate life on the streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Recently released from prison for selling drugs, Tiahana returns to find Teri desperate to get off the streets. In intimate and sometimes unsettling scenes that include group therapy sessions and domestic violence, we are transported into the lives of these two women and root wholeheartedly for their love and survival. This local story spotlighting L.A.’s homelessness epidemic premiered at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.
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Director: Alina Skrzezewska
France / Germany | 90 minutes | 2018
L.A.-based documentary filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska has dedicated the past 12 years of her life to telling stories from L.A.’s skid row. Her award-winning first doc feature “Songs from the Nickel” (2012) chronicled the lives of people living in the neighborhood’s old SRO hotels. At the time, Alina lived in one of those hotels herself, where she stayed for close to two years. She made a number of shorter films, and “Game Girls” is her second feature.
Alina was born in Poland, grew up in Germany after fleeing with her family during Poland’s martial law, and has an MFA in Film&Video from CalArts, as well as a Master degree from the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.