Reporting John McDevitt
By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A documentary featuring a young boy from the Mantua section of Philadelphia who sells bottled water to help support his family is being screened Friday night in North Philadelphia. The price of admission was the purchase of a bottle of water.
“50 cent, ice cold waters for sale.”
He wears an umbrella hat and drags a cooler on wheels full of bottles of water everyday which he sells for 50 cents to help support his family. Now, 12 year-old Anthony Bell has care for his mom who is a cancer survivor and helps to bring in money for school uniforms for himself and his other brothers. He also faces bullying.
“Sometimes they say that I don’t belong in the school because of the color of my skin,” Bell says. “I’m white and black.”
The documentary is called Up the Bottom by independent film maker Jonifin Marvin. Marvin is holding a benefit screening Friday night and art crawl for Anthony and his brothers as the get ready for the upcoming school year.
“I thought Anthony was deserving of people coming together and saying that what you are doing is good,” Marvin says. “We want to help you out we want to show you some love.”
The event is from 6-10 p.m. at the Window Factory Arts building, at 9th and Dauphin Streets in North Philadelphia.