Oct 06 2014
Bronx Lives

Visual + Media Arts
October 6th, 2014
4:30 PM Screening
258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Bronx Lives (66 minutes) is a collaborative film project exploring the urban landscape of homelessness in the Bronx area of New York City.

The number of people staying overnight in New York City shelters reached a record high of 53,615 in January 2014. Elena, a graduate student at Cornell University, traces her recent past of being chronically homeless for a decade in the Bronx. Her path intersects with others in precarious living situations.

This is a collaborative project involving  5 Cornell Ph.D. students: Elizabeth Wijaya (Comparative Literature), Elena Guzman (Anthropology), José Castañeda (Anthropology), James Macmillen (City and Regional Planning) and Natalie Nesvaderani (Anthropology).  Lai Weijie, a NYU Tisch MFA ( Filmmaking) graduate, is the cinematographer and editor for the film. The work stems from our participation in the Mellon Seminar "Home and the World: Urban Representations of Harlem and the South Bronx" co-taught by Professors Noliwe Rooks (Africana Studies) and Mary N. Woods (Architecture).