HUMANS OF HOMELESSNESS
This 45-minute documentary film follows the life changing journey of Jai Jaru, a Thai born woman who was adopted by a family from Adelaide. Jai comes to Sydney to 'jump off the Harbour Bridge' but instead ends up homeless on and off for twenty years. One day, Jai is given a disposable camera, which ends up changing her life
Produced and Directed by Annette Cohen, ‘Humans of Homelessness’ is a documentary about the human face of homelessness, currently in post-production. The film explores the reality faced by over 100,000 Australians each day.
With a community photo competition as the backdrop, the film explores the difficult journey of the homeless through our guide Jai. We learn how she got to where she is, the struggle to fit in to society and how she sees the world through the lens. The story culminates in Jai's first solo photography exhibition.
This is a story of the importance of home, of human frailty in a self-absorbed society, and ultimately finding connection and hope.
During the film 100 people collect their single use film cameras at locations around Sydney. They embark on a mission to capture images that inspire them, and reveal their world. The competition is run by Mike Alwright and his not for profit organisation Homeless in Focus, which seeks to connect people affected by homelessness with the wider community.
With a focus on the issue of homelessness more recently, this is a story that needs to be told. 'Humans of Homelessness' is a touching journey of sadness, creativity and hope. Most importantly, this film humanises and gives dignity to the invisible people in our community.
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DirectoR and Producer
Director of Photography/co-producer