Australian filmmaker Shanks Rajendran has made a name for himself exploring some of the most notorious neighbourhoods in the United States. Following his 2013 documentary on Miami’s Liberty City, Rajendran now turns his lens to Skid Row, the LA suburb with the single largest fixed population of homeless people in the US, in his debut feature Los Scandalous – Skid Row.
With 3,000 to 6,000 homeless residents at any given time and all the drug, gang and police-related issues you might imagine, Rajendran certainly isn’t short of stories to tell. Teaming up with local Lavell Putman, he spent almost a year interviewing Skid Row residents and law enforcement, hoping to expose the politics and problems which plague the suburb’s population and the institutional corruption which ensures they continue to do so.
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