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Lead Me Home

Directed by Pedro Kos, Jon Shenk

USA | Documentary | 39

5 Nov
Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Directors Jon Shenk and Pedro Kos are expected to attend.


Filmed over three years in three cities that face seemingly intractable circumstances involving large populations of unhoused people, this mid-length film uses evocative visuals and powerful individual stories to show that a problem with manifold causes needs manifold solutions. Focusing on the west coast–San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle–filmmakers Kos and Shenk weave an unforgettable tapestry that challenges common stereotypes and paints an honest portrait of people trying to obtain and hold on to a solid footing in their lives.

Director Pedro Kos

Pedro Kos is a director and Emmy Award-winning editor. His feature documentary directorial debut Bending the Arc (co-directed with Kief Davidson) premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as did his first solo directorial feature outing Rebel Hearts in 2021. Kos’s prior work includes editing Jehane Noujaim’s Academy Award-nominee The Square (2013), Lucy Walker’s Academy Award-nominee Waste Land (2010), and Jon Shenk’s The Island President (2011). Kos is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received his B.A. in Theater Directing from Yale University.

Director Jon Shenk

Jon Shenk recently co-directed Athlete A (2020) with his film partner, Bonni Cohen. Jon co-directed and photographed An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017) which premiered on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, was shortlisted for the 2018 Oscars, and was nominated for a 2018 BAFTA for Best Documentary. In 2016, Jon co-directed and photographed the Peabody Award-winning film Audrie & Daisy, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, Jon directed The Island President, winner of the 2011 TIFF’s People’s Choice Award.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Premiere California

Runtime 39

Country USA

Director Pedro Kos, Jon Shenk

Executive Producer Jannat Gargi, Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins

Producer Bonni Cohen, Serin Marshall, Richard Berge

Editor Don Bernier, Pedro Kos

Cinematographer Jon Shenk

Music Gil Taimi