As the residents related their stories to me, I became personally invested in this dire issue of homelessness that looms over Durham. As one former resident said, homelessness "can happen to anyone…It’s not a matter of moral deficiency."
- Daniella Choi
This semester I have been able to interact with the men of Phoenix House on a deep level and to learn from them. It has been inspirational getting to know Charles and listening to his story of desperation, restoration, and growth—and the humility that has led him through it all.
- Alex Sun
As my friendship with Richard grew, I realized that I was no longer portraying a stereotypical homeless figure holding a sign on the streets. Rather, my documentary is about the life stories that cannot be neatly categorized but are nonetheless familiar to each and every one of us.
- Eddie Wu
Though we have lived very different lives and have had very different experiences, I feel a deep connection with Gloria and hope she does for me. Her positive attitude is contagious and her genuine appreciation for all things in life constantly makes me reflect on my own life. Throughout the project, I think we have both learned from each other and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
- Ashley Tsai
I see now that documenting homelessness is more than an interview. It is a dialogue with strangers and friends, with one’s own history, with the person we want to become and the shackles that have held us back.
- Lucy Goodson