In Hard Ground, award-winning photographer and Michael O'Brien and Tom Waits (described by the New York Times as the "poet of outcasts") have created a portrait of homelessness that impels the reader to look into the eyes of people who live "on the hard ground" and recognize our common humanity. Hard Ground presents both the trials of homelessness and the resilience of people who survive on the streets.
B. J. Lacasse, photographer and author of The Street, decided to stop 'not noticing' and photograph the homeless of Fort Worth to help the rest of us perceive those we usually try to ignore. In addition to photographing the homeless living in and around the city, she took the time to get to know them as well, keeping a journal of their stories and her observations.
A photographic study of twenty-first century poverty, one that transcends class, race, profession, and talent. Susan Mullally photographed the members of Waco, Texas's Church Under the Bridge, a nondenominational, multicultural church that has been meeting below an Interstate overpass for sixteen years. While these individuals have experienced homelessness or incarceration, drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, profound poverty, and, almost always, deep periods of hopelessness, their portraits present them with dignity and respect.
Empty Shoes is comprised of 150 poems about hunger and homelessness, donated by 80 different poets, many of whom have direct experiences with homelessness. Some of the poets have worked with or advocated for the homeless. Some of them have been homeless themselves.
According to homeless people and experts alike, St. Petersburg, Florida is one of the best places to be if you're homeless. Over the course of one year, the filmmakers documented the daily existence of homeless people throughout the city. Focusing on five individuals with varied backgrounds and circumstances, this film reveals who homeless people really are and what they do to survive.
Exposing Homelessness documents the experiences of Midori Meissen, Bréyon Austin, and Liz Olsen, three formerly homeless women who participated in a three-month photography workshop. They received 35mm cameras and were instructed in the art of black-and-white photography. They were asked to use photography to express their insight into the issue of homelessness through their personal experiences. Diverse in age, race, class, and citizenship, the women challenge the stereotype of homelessness.
Nashville, Tennessee is home to a fast rising tent city population. With a shelter system that cannot support even 1 out of 5 of the city's homeless population, most people have nowhere to go. Nearly 100 homeless individuals have come together to form Nashville's Tent City, an encampment located under a bridge close to the city's center. This film examines this community, which is self-sustaining and self-governed with its own council of eight Tent City residents who meet weekly to discuss residents' issues. The critical issue is that the camp must be moved and the residents must find somewhere else to go.
The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents.
Filmmaker Rachel Fleischer spent four years creating this documentary that enters the lives of six homeless individuals in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. The film's subjects include families in temporary housing, a street performer who depends on banjo-playing for income, and a heroin-addicted man living in Skid Row, an area that contains one of the largest homeless populations in the United States.
Newly revised and updated, here is the complete story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, founder of the Missionaries of Charity and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a woman regarded by millions as a contemporary saint for her dedication to serving the poorest of the poor.
1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish.
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.
Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.