Hello From the Other Side
Directed by Sarai McKenzie, Maria Gonzalez
Hello From the Other Side is a short film focusing on increasing the understanding and awareness of homelessness in Long Beach, CA. Although the numbers appear to be decreasing it still seems their isn’t enough being done and clearly, many voices of people who are homeless are not apart of the decision making in tackling this issue. So high school graduates Sarai McKenzie and Maria Gonzalez went out into the community to capture those stories and make sure they are heard and valued.
The film unfolds through a series of misconceptions about homelessness alongside lyrics to Adele’s “Hello” and the stories of people who are currently homeless, who have been homeless, and the shared thoughts from an academic perspective on the subject.
Maria Gonzalez and Sarai McKenzie are both activists, youth organizers, and current college students from Long Beach, CA. As youth organizers, their work focuses on educating folks about the issues affecting their communities, showing the humanity in people who have been misrepresented, turned away, and oppressed, and empowering youth to share their stories to further impact change in their communities.
Directors: Maria Gonzalez, Sarai McKenzie
Cinematographers: Maria Gonzalez, Sarai McKenzie, Eric Tandoc
Editors: Maria Gonzalez, Sarai McKenzie , Eric Tandoc
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