WEEK 10: Homeless In NYC

The Little Things-Homeless In NYC 7mins 29secs

The Little Things – Homeless in New York City’ , written and directed by Nathalie Basoska follows the life of Maiko, a young man who moved to New York for his girlfriend at the time. Unfortunately, the relationship dissolved, and he states that when he lost his lover, he lost his sense of hope and safety within the city. He now struggles with not knowing where his place of rest will be and in a great sense he has been wholly uprooted from everything that is comfortable and familiar to him. The film begins with an opening montage of New York City and immediately address the idea of feeling displaced in such a vibrant place. The film adopts a voyeuristic type of style as though the director was following Maiko around on all his daily activities which includes finding cheap food, roaming the streets and looking for the next place to rest his head. Maiko states that there is no bad decisions and his circumstances right now stemmed from a good idea in the past. He comments on the fact that he probably looks like a wreck but there is a deeper value to his experience because he has the privilege of seeing life in a way that not many people even consider stooping down to experience. The notion of stripping oneself of everything that is comfortable was addressed as the ultimate task to accomplish in order for one to truly live life. Maiko even mentions that he’s gained deeper appreciation for things he took for granted in the past due to this experience. He profoundly states that, “taking these steps would be better than not walking at all.” and this is the main striking sentiment/ impression that the film achieves on a whole. The cinematography places great emphasis on the presence remarkable people in seemingly mundane places. One can see Maiko by the subway station or in a laundry mat and this personally showcased that people who we never really consider to have worthwhile stories are all around us. The film showed that life can pass by and no one really acknowledges that great people are always among us and are even us, ourselves. This made the documentary alluring and eye opening, drawing specific attention to the fact that not every ‘homeless’ person would have a happy ending.

 

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