Woman documents life at DC General with iPhone

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A very special documentary will debut in our area Wednesday night.

It's the story of a local woman who graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and ended up living in DC General's emergency homeless shelter.

Frame by frame, Sasha Williams documented her stay at DC General's notorious homeless shelter. A journey she shared with her two-year-old daughter, Eboni.

"You're faced with, what is my child going to see," said Williams.

Using an iPhone, Williams offered a rare glimpse of the struggle shared by countless families.

"We've been doing it this way in this city for a long, long time now. And I know that shelters that horrible really destroy families and destroy childrens' lives," said Brian Carome, Street Sense.

Williams' devastating slide began in 2003 when she was raped at gunpoint by a man who threatened to kill her family if she told police.

"Don't let what happened to you make you. Become something better if you can," said Williams.

Williams is proud of her documentary and the message behind it.

"For women and mothers, just don't give up, just be determined. Empower yourself," said Williams.

Today, Williams is creating a life for Eboni that she never had.

"I want her to be able to grow with no fears and worries like I had. I want her to be a totally different story," said Williams.

You can catch the documentary Wednesday night at Landmark's E Street Cinema in downtown Washington from 630 to 830 p.m. Tickets are $12 and proceeds go to Street Sense and the filmmakers themselves.

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