(Please excuse the advertisements attached to the film...)
Filmmaker Bob Jaroc recently made this short film dealing with homeless people in Japan. Part of his rationale for the film:
My intentions for the piece were to stay clear of making a patronizing "cry/be angry for the homeless people" thing or a romanticized view of that life. I wanted to distill the experiences of the people who took the time to talk to me and question myself why I ended up going there in search of something to film.
Read more at Boing Boing.net.
Link to "Tokyo through the eyes of Shibuya shantytown residents" on Boing Boing TV
How do you feel about the film? Does it really tell us anything about homeless people in Japan? Is this film visual anthropology? Is it art? If it is art, is it appropriate to use the homeless people in this way? Are food, cigarettes and alcohol adequate compensation? How would you go about making a film on this subject?