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Since 2003, Street Sense has supported the homeless residents of D.C. with its eponymous newspaper, sold on street corners by vendors who are currently homeless or have experienced homelessness in the past. As part of its new documentary initiative, two residents will share their stories in intimate films they directed on their own. In Raise to Rise, Sasha Williams shares her struggles with mental health disorders and records her daily life at the D.C. General shelter with her young daughter. As she tries to teach her daughter about the nicer things in life, like flowers and music, her film highlights the horrific shelter conditions they’re trying to escape. Cynthia Mewborn’s Whom Should I Be Grateful To? chronicles her journey out of homelessness and into a new, stable home of her own. She narrates her story standing outside the stoop where she used to set up her tent every day. These films might lack the polish of professional documentaries that regularly screen in town, but they more than make up for it in the power of their stories. The films show at 6:30 p.m. at Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $12. (202) 347-2006. streetsense.org.