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Poet of poverty

Author: Sean Dougherty; Tana Ross; Freke Vujist
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2008.
Series: Filmakers Library online.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a film about one man's words. These are the words of an Irish priest who came to Camden, New Jersey, forty years ago and never left. They are the extraordinary words of a natural-born poet, Father Michael Doyle, the Poet of Poverty. Father Doyle's words bear witness to a horrendous crime: the total neglect of America's poorest city, Camden, New Jersey. They began as words written for monthly letters that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary
Named Person: Michael Doyle
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Dougherty; Tana Ross; Freke Vujist
OCLC Number: 747797514
Language Note: English.
Awards: Dublin Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Festival
Target Audience: For College; Adult audiences.
Description: 1 online resource (51 min.)
Series Title: Filmakers Library online.
Responsibility: by Sean Dougherty, Tana Ross and Freke Vujist.

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This is a film about one man's words. These are the words of an Irish priest who came to Camden, New Jersey, forty years ago and never left. They are the extraordinary words of a natural-born poet, Father Michael Doyle, the Poet of Poverty. Father Doyle's words bear witness to a horrendous crime: the total neglect of America's poorest city, Camden, New Jersey. They began as words written for monthly letters that serve as a lifeline to those who support his Catholic church. But, as a friend once told Doyle, these prose-poem letters are really his ministry. Using Michael Doyle's letters as its subject, the film is a record of his parish and city -- a month after month, year after year documentation of the consequences of poverty. Camden, already poor when Doyle arrived, now resembles nothing more than bombed-out urban landscape. "Yet we have to live in the meantime," writes Doyle. And his letters are a testimony to the lives lived amidst urban decay, drug trade, murders, and prostitution. They are also a stark reminder of the lives lived in a dumping ground, filled with everything that the surrounding wealthy communities don't want in their own back yards: sewage, trash, scrap metal, and prisons. There is anger in Doyle's letters, and sadness and despair, but also delight in the small accomplishments of the community, and the parish priest's faith and hope for the children of Camden. The scenes that Doyle writes about in his letters are shown in the film, giving visual expression to his words.

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