I heard people say out here on the street we’re free. I think the street is more like prison. Kiki

THE NINE is an intimate and unflinching portrait of a ravaged community living on Modesto's South Ninth Street—“The Nine”—a barren, forgotten street in California’s Great Central Valley (the setting for The Grapes of Wrath and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother). The film focuses on Kiki, an effervescent and childlike drifter, whose only means of escape is through her imagination, and whose precarious sense of self-worth hinges on the making of the film. THE NINE never sensationalizes—rather, it is a quiet elegy to Kiki and others living on The Nine, each of whom clings to the possibility of an alternate life. Through Kiki’s brave vulnerability, keen observations of lost childhood, and the fundamental need for connection, the distance between ourselves and the “the other” is erased.

This is the land of the fallen, the unloved. God tried to warn me so many times, but I kept walking right into the fire. Kiki

  • Kiki
  • Robert
  • Tony
  • Wanda
  • Ginger & Chastity
Ginger & Chastity

I wanna be 8 years old again, so I can make a whole new plan for myself. Kiki