Robert’s Battle

Robert’s Battle from Jason Leighton on Vimeo.

In 2018 I made the decision to create a documentary film about a man I’ve known for over 13 years. Robert is an amputee who has lived on the streets for over 23 years. I decided to make the film after discovering that his leg had been amputated after an accident involving a Pacific Union Freight Train in Compton.

Robert in 2012,
Downtown Long Beach

Over the years I have gotten to know Robert and we have made many attempts to get him re-connected with community, with family and even at times reality. Robert is diagnosed with a mental illness that makes it difficult for him to connect with people. In 2014, we found his son on facebook and the two began working towards some form of relationship. Robert was struck baby a train in 1996, when his son was only 3 years old. The two have been relative strangers for most of his son’s life.

Robert and his son Marshall in 2017.

I hope you will join me in sharing his story and working towards some type of stability for Robert and the countless other Robert’s living on the streets. In LA County alone, there are over 60,000 people experiencing homeless and this number keeps increasing. Stay up to date on the project and much more by subscribing to my newsletter.