Monday, January 5, 2009

Free Screening of 'The Way Home'

There will be a private work-in-progress screening of the documentary film:

“The Way Home”

on Jan 7th at 3pm @ The Vancity Theater, Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour at Davie.

This independent community documentary project, being created by a collaborative of formerly street involved, award winning filmmakers, has been in production for the past year throughout the province of BC. The film tells the story of a musician named John who ran away from an abusive family when he was 14 years old and has been a homeless addict on the streets of the Downtown Eastside ever since. Together with, the story of David, the official homelessness opposition critic in the BC Legislature, as he fights to make affordable housing a human right for all. Behind the scenes social, political and bureaucratic dysfunction is revealed through candid interviews with service providers, developers, police, politicians, youth, seniors, working class families, and the homeless people themselves that provide insight into the crisis. While the film explores solutions to the problem, it is a somber reminder that we still have a long road ahead of us to find “The Way Home”.

An educational study guide is being developed in collaboration with SFU to be used within BC classrooms. The film will be distributed via the same model used by Pivot’s: Hope & Shadows Calendar project, employing the un-employed, poor, at-risk, homeless, and/or former street involved persons as vendors earning earn 50% of the revenue from the sales.

Refreshments served and door prizes donated by local community vendors. Feedback forms will be passed out upon entrance. Supporters and partners will be acknowledged and thanked, potential alliances encouraged and explored. We request your attendance to participate in the creation of this project documenting and advocating for change and to learn more about the issue and be a part of the solution!

For more info on this free event or to contribute to the project in any way, please contact: