Sunday, May 22, 2016
Wesley United Methodist Church
This free program is co-presented by the J-Town FilmFest and the Wesley United Methodist Church Com(e) Passion committee.
The last year has seen an increase in the number of homeless on the streets of Japantown and, indeed, all over downtown San Jose. Santa Clara County’s estimate of the number of homeless on any given night exceeds 6,000, with women and children increasingly in the mix. Resources are at low levels but pressure directed at elected officials is resulting in some discussion at the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County.
EXODUS FROM THE JUNGLE (2015, 25 min., documentary) is a short documentary about the destruction of San Jose’s Jungle, the nation’s largest homeless encampment that housed hundreds of the homeless. Interviews bring out the human side of the national problem confronting and confounding city and county officials here in one of the richest counties in the country.
RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO (25 min., documentary) chronicles the services and housing provided to the homeless in Portland, Oregon.
Program: Discussion with Andrew Bigelow (filmmaker, Exodus From the Jungle), Ibrahim Mubarak (filmmaker, cofounder of Right 2 Dream Too and Dignity Village), Jolene Jones (Housing advocate, Co-Founder of the Housing for All Alliance and the Winter Faith Collaborative), Robert Aguirre (homeless advocate/activists ), and unhoused guests from the community.