"For some, home is our refuge; our shield, our safety. We are at home where eyes can't see. Then how are those without a home, the most unseen?"
So begins the trailer of the public-housing centered feature-length documentary, Our Journey Home. It's a documentary that isn't afraid to challenge its viewers with big questions about a subject that - while existing so literally in the public eye - is often intentionally overlooked: homelessness.
Narrated by the four-time Grammy nominated singer and activist, Jewel, Our Journey Home follows the stories of three diverse families' experiences and struggles with homelessness and public housing.
"If you don't have that place, a home... I just don't know how you build any kind of life at all."
Throughout the film, Dr. Tony Robinson, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado Denver, gives his professional perspectives on homelessness and public housing.
"We have structured a social whirlwind that purposely tears people to pieces, and then are surprised when we have all these shattered people on our streets."
Dr. Robinson specializes in American politics and focuses much of his research around the relationships between poverty and politics, urban politics, and empowerment and social movements.
Dr. Robinson has donated much of his time and expertise to different homeless advocacy groups including Denver Homeless Out Loud, which has been in the news more recently for filing the Denver Homeless Class Action lawsuit against the City of Denver on behalf of Denver's homeless population. Within the lawsuit, Dr. Robinson serves as the primary expert for the case.
For more information on the film or public housing facts, please visit: www.rethinkhousing.org
The full-length documentary can be found at: https://vimeo.com/141601241