Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Skid Row, a documentary about homelessness that was made by Niva Dorell, Marshall Tyler and Ross Clarke.

The company negotiated the deal with ICM and has set an Aug 14 release date. ICM is also handling international rights.

The film follows Pras Michel, a member of the renowned hip-hop group The Fugees, as he goes undercover to live on the streets for nine days in the notorious five-block radius of Los Angeles known as Skid Row.

During his time on the street, Michel befriends homeless people and talks to homelessness community activists.

'My goal with this film is that audiences nationwide realise that the homeless, nameless faces we pass on the street are somebody's loved ones,' Michel, who produced the film with Teryn Fogel, said. 'They deserve our attention.'

'Pras and his team astounded us with this film,' Screen Media president Robert Baruc said. 'We took one look at it and knew this was a film we wanted to be a part of - this is a film people must see.'