Hiding In Plain Sight
What happens when resources run out, unemployment is denied, and savings accounts are depleted? Darius and Josephine Blackmon find themselves living in their car with two young children. Family and friends that lent them money are no more due to their own financial hardship.
Kevin Allen, a prominent school teacher, feels that he is making a difference by helping parents keep their children in school with government vouchers, filling in where the paychecks stop.
Darius and his family try to keep up appearances during the day and stay out of sight at night, all while holding on to one another in a hidden America. What happens when the two men’s lives cross?
This is a powerful movie which grippingly portrays the perseverance of the human spirit. The plot centers around a man named Darius Blackmon who is living in his car along with his wife Josey and two children. The children continue to go to school although the boy is stealing lunches in order to eat and the daughter is changing clothes with a friend. Another couple, Scott and Kathy Barnes, are friends who are on the streets too but soon a blessing comes their way and they are able to move to a motel while the Blackmons continue to live in their car. The Blackmons have growing struggles and one day Josey weeps as she tells her family she wasn’t hired at a job because she stinks, due to a lack of a shower.
Darius struggles with his Christian faith and anger toward God. In another plot in the story, a teacher named Kevin Allen buys supplies out of his own pocket in order to help several of his students. His wife Terri doesn’t understand this generosity and is angry with her husband until one day when one of his students drops by.
This movie features terrific acting by the principal actors, including Kelly O’ Neil Jackson as Darius, Sharice Henry Chasi as Josey, Irma P. Hall as Ida Blackmon and Martin Ezelle as Mr. Allen. This story, penned and directed by M. Legend Brown, is a moving one which might cause a few viewers to reach for their Kleenex. One touching scene features Darius, who couldn’t land one job because of his lack of steel-toed boots, receiving a voucher for boots. His reaction is priceless. The themes of persevering faith and strong family ties speak in inspiration to today’s great societal needs. This one gets five Doves from us, our best rating and we recommend it for our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus.