had a big influence on my decision to become more involved. This movie was based on a columnist named Steve Lopez who wanted to push the need for story ideas for his job. During his journey he met a young man named”Nathaniel Ayers” who was a mentally ill homeless man who often suffered panic attacks and paranoia (Santis, 2011).
This homeless man had some of the most extraordinary talents that he demonstrated with a half-broken instrument (Santis, 2011). Lopez was so inspired by this story that he decided to help this talented man and the rest of the community so that they can have a better life. Both of the men in the movie helped one another with the hope for a brighter future for them and their community. Ayers eventually got off of the street, into an apartment and a find for treatment for him mentally ill disorder (Santis, 2011).
Homeless people lives unrivaled at a blink of an eye. Just like the movie “The Soloist”, one minute you are looking at a promising future and then the next minute you become homeless (Santis, 2011). You are living under bridges and on the sidewalks trying to get the attention of the people that are passing by. …show more content…
Not only did I feel Ayer’s struggles, but I also felt the emotions that came from Lopez to be able to do everything that I can to encourage so that the homeless can understand their full potential in life.
Working with individuals who are homeless are not that easy, and this society has given up on this wide spread and always thought that there is nothing much that could be done in order to address this issue, or solve the series of desperation resulting in long-tem homelessness. We need a supportive housing provider, innovators, policymakers and several of advocates to embrace the proven ways of filling the
A car accident in Los Angeles leads to about ten strangers crossing roads and their moral towards racism is constantly tested which leads to a number of things that I am going to discuss later on. The movie opens up strongly with a presentation of the characters, their personalities and moral dilemmas. The longer the movie goes, the more entangled
John Singleton is a phenomenal film director who is also known for the critically acclaimed movie Boyz N the Hood; I was surprised to find that this outstanding director is also from the same background as the characters in his films; he grew up in South Central Los Angeles. How he got introduced to the film is that in his teens every day he volunteered as a Gofer for USC film school, eventually, they allow him to attend as a student, there he studied to be a director. So he watches and experience and grew up around the areas of South Central Los Angeles, enough to reflect the same images in his films exactly how it is in South Central Los Angeles. Another significant film Singleton directed was a film called “Baby Boy” which tells about a
In his findings, Dr. Liebow noticed that commonly society tends to see homeless individuals and categorize them in shared beliefs on why they are on the streets. Culture non-consciously usually feels pity for the homeless means but yet when seen out on the streets usually going about their day and not being sensitive to the actual idea of being homeless. The fact is that they are undergoing very difficult struggles that many of us would not be able to handle but do we ever really even think about those things when we see them? Alternatively, do we usually just stereotype them and blame them for their own fortune? This book is an eye opener and truly makes you open your mind to see homeless people as unique individuals made out of skin and bone
It is very challenging for homeless people to be placed and maintained to a stable job. Overall, there are many causes of becoming homeless related to poverty, family crises, mental illness, domestic violence, unemployment or underemployment, or other circumstance that make it difficult for individuals to maintain stable housing . The author defines homelessness throughout the book and tells us that “homeless people are homeless because they do not have a place to live”. Also, the book states that homeless women usually face the problem of employment because of the arrest record and not having permanent address and telephone number. Colin, Johnson, Bourgault, Borgia, & O’Toole (2013), they focus on the main reason of being homelessness that people mostly become homelessness because of unemployment and
The movie “Boyz N’ the Hood” is a story centered on the issues that are seen in the urban areas of Los Angeles every day. Tre (the main character) is raised in a way that seems to be correct but he still ends up being a part of criminal activity. While watching this film in an academic setting it is easy to see the social and political reform messages that are being communicated to the audience. On the political side it is easy to see the race and ethnicity of the film maker while on the social side the audience can tell the filmmaker is spreading a message. All together “Boyz N’ the Hood” is a very good film that depicts the type of stuff that happens in the poorer parts of Los Angeles.
With the increased use of housing-based assistance programs being created, there is a positive outlook for homeless looking for assistance getting back on their feet by acquiring affordable housing. The ability to apply and gain benefits through state and federal programs is helping to provide food and some financial assistance to the homeless population as well as a community outreach programs being deployed in cities all over the country. New opportunities for employment and training are available for those who are homeless and looking to get back into the workforce and get off the street. The road ahead for the homeless population is, of course, paved with struggles and detours, but with the continued efforts of our country, states and communities we can work together to aid in the reduction of homelessness with the continued efforts in creating and maintaining affordable housing programs, assistance programs, and workforce development
In the words of Steve Lopez, “You're only as good or bad as your latest attempt to make some connection with the world.” The novel, The Soloist, by Steve Lopez is an insight to Lopez’s time helping and connecting with Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless schizophrenic. When Lopez meets Nathaniel he is awed by his musical talent and soon discovers he once attended Julliard, a prestigious school of performing arts. Lopez’s story was transformed into a film produced in 2008. Lopez’s character in the book and film share similarities and differences in his personal life, attitude towards Nathaniel, and struggles that contribute to the overall theme of the novel.
Two Different Perspectives on Homelessness Homelessness is a subject that has been debated over by many people for decades. Two essays that really put the homeless into the spotlight are “Untouchables” by Jonathan Kozol and “Homeless man interviews Himself” by Albert Bliss. Both authors focus on the subject of homelessness. Although, Kozol and Bliss have two extremely different perspectives.
John Singleton’s film, Boyz N the Hood, displays the challenging upbringing of adolescents who have to live with harsh conditions around not only their home but also their surrounding town. The film compares the differences between the lifestyles of Tre Styles and his friends’, Darren and Ricky Baker. Darren and Ricky are half-brothers who are nothing alike. Singleton demonstrates the importance of male leadership in a home in the ghetto of Los Angeles by comparing the difference between the lifestyles of Tre and his friends. While many adolescents in the hood have close friendships, some form close relationships by assembling gangs and create a world of violence due to alcohol abuse, which together ultimately breeds discrimination.
More people suffer from homelessness than we realize. We often take for granted having a home to go to. I completely agree with Anna about her feelings on homelessness. I often see the homeless on the side of the road and I normally refer to them as homeless people but what I fail to realize is, that “homeless person” has a name, that “homeless guy” is a human being just like the rest of us longing for certainty, stability and privacy. Those “homeless people” are human beings without a home.
The film starts out with an African American man walking in the suburbs. He sees a car and is frightened. A person in a hood strangles him from behind and kidnaps him. This illustrates the fear African Americans have in a white society. The movie then fasts forwards to New York City and turns the focus on Chris who is a successful young photographer.
The notion that homelessness can be unrooted, rather than controlled, embodies a fundamental shift in expectations that has taken place over the past century. Cleveland and many large cities in the US have plans to uproot homelessness, but housing instability is an accentuated reality. Also, the diversity of the homeless groups, such as veterans, youth, and families, makes tackling the problem difficult. Although ending homelessness is a big challenge, it is not impossible. Meeting the solvable social ill involves interdisciplinary, focused response, and innovation.
In the Oscar nominated short film documentary, Redemption, directors Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill create a film about the New York City canners, who are the working poor that tries to survive by redeeming cans and bottles by scavenging through the city’s garbage cans and recycling bins. It puts into prospective of real people struggling to get by. Walter, the sixty-year-old Vietnam Veteran who redeems cans for a living, explains the effects of a life of canning, “This is a full-time job. Because if you don't do it full-time, you ain't gonna get what you need” (Alpert). Because the film is relevant, engaging, and informative, Redemption, is an excellent short film documentary.