Through My Eyes Documentary
Movie premiere: November 17, 2014 at the Myer Horowitz Theatre
CEYC, with the support of the City of Edmonton and in cooperation with Lonely Tom Production, created the hard-hitting documentary film Through My Eyes to offer honest insight into the realities of Edmonton's at-risk, homeless youth.
About the Film
Through My Eyes offers honest insight into the realities of Edmonton's at-risk, homeless youth. Acclaimed by the Centre for Global Education as providing "a captivating glimpse into the lives of some of Edmonton's most vulnerable...", the film profiles homeless and formerly-homeless Edmonton youth telling their stories in their own way, in their own words. It also offers the perspective of front-line support providers and others who work directly with at-risk youth. 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 kids are homeless, not hopeless. What they need most is kindness and consideration - a hand up, not a handout.The film was directed and produced by 2 of Edmonton’s youngest up-and-coming film makers with the consultation of CEYC, subject matter experts, homeless and at-risk youth, and the public.The City of Edmonton is 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.
About Homelessness and Poverty in Edmonton
While Edmonton has benefited from extraordinary economic times, prosperity has not reached all Edmontonians. Homeward Trust, a front-line, not-for-profit organization serving at-risk Edmontonians, completes a semi-annual count of homeless individuals in the city. Its last survey, done in 2012, identified 2,174 homeless individuals in Edmonton.Of those counted, 46% were Aboriginal; 223 were dependent children and 119 were caregivers; and 56 were under the age of 16 without a caregiver (Homeward Trust Edmonton, 2012).
Homeless youth are at higher risk for engaging in dangerous, high-risk behaviours and substance abuse, and are usually missing out on a basic education that could ultimately help improve their situation.
Homelessness is not a choice. It results from, and is intensified by, a series of complex social, economic, personal and historical factors.
Poverty and homelessness is a problem for all of us. Simply managing the problem is not a solution. It requires a shift from a charity model to one based on investment.
The City of Edmonton’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness is part of the City’s 30-year vision for Edmonton, and steady progress has been made towards achieving the goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2019. Still, more can and will be done.
In addition, the Mayor's Task Force to Eliminate Poverty is developing a plan to address poverty in the City, with the goal of eradicating poverty in Edmonton within a generation. To develop its plan, the Task Force will engage Edmontonians, challenging everyone to think differently about this issue and understand the role we all play in making a difference.