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Exposing Homelessness

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by Kerri Gawryn
color, 20 min, 2006




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Exposing Homelessness is a film that documents the experience of three formerly homeless women who participated in a three-month photography workshop. They were given 35mm cameras and instructed in the art of black and white photography. Drawing from their personal experiences they were asked to use photography to express their insight into the issue of homelessness so that viewers could be exposed to a more intimate and profound analysis of the problem.

Diverse in age, race, class and citizenship status, the women succeed in challenging the homeless stereotype and empowering themselves in the process. The women's technical and artistic skills develop as well as their confidence and kinship. They critique photographs while using them as a way to analyze the problem of homelessness and share their individual stories. The relationship and intimacy that grows between the women over the course of the workshop proves to be a healing and powerful experience for the women and holds a vital message for the viewer.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Davis Feminist Film Festival, 2011
Project Peace Film Festival, Oakland, CA, 2009
San Francisco Women's Film Festival, 2008
Women & Creativity Film Festival, New Mexico, 2008
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY, 2008
Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Denver, CO, 2007
Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL, 2007
Jean Rouch Award, Society for Visual Anthropology/AAA Film and Video Festival, San Jose, CA, 2006

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