by David Rust, Director of Community Partnerships at Safe and Caring
While Alberta has benefited from extraordinary economic times, prosperity has not reached all citizens. The City of Edmonton is committed to addressing the issues of poverty and homelessness, shifting the focus from a charity model to one based on investment.
Through My Eyes is a film and collaborative initiative created by 17 year old Rohan Nuttall and 19 year old Akash Sherman, about at-risk youth, and provides a street-level view of a social issue told from a unique perspective. The film was directed and produced by these two up-and-coming filmmakers with the consultation of City of Edmonton Youth Council, subject matter experts, homeless and at-risk youth and the public.
Through My Eyes offers honest insight into the realities of at-risk, homeless youth. The film profiles homeless and formerly-homeless youth, telling their stories in their own way, in their own words. It calls on all community individuals and organizations to be a part of the solution to eliminate youth poverty and homelessness by changing their way of thinking, and their connection to community.
Ultimately, Through My Eyes is the story of a city that must to look inside itself to solve a real, but not insurmountable, problem. In the end, it leaves audiences with a profound and inspiring call to action. These young people are homeless, not hopeless. What they need most is understanding, kindness and consideration – a hand up, not a handout.
Safe and Caring and David Rust, Director of Community Partnerships, are proud to be a part of this project, which aligns with the work of the Mayor’s Taskforce to Eliminate Poverty and the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness and is part of the City’s 30-year vision for Edmonton with a goal of ending chronic and youth homelessness by 2019.
Homelessness is a problem for all of us. Simply managing the problem is not a solution. Join us in the creative, compelling and timely journey to eliminate youth homelessness. This youth-created film will highlight the needs of vulnerable youth, and will launch an initiative to explore opportunities for future change.
Visit the City of Edmonton website to view the trailer and learn more about the film. Through My Eyes is set to release on November 17, 2014. Tickets to the film premiere are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite starting October 14.
Thank you for your attention to this important message and call to action. Let’s begin to change tomorrow today for vulnerable young people in our communities!