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Homelessness is at increasing levels never imagined in New Zealand's history. We see them sitting on the sidewalks on our way to work, we see them sleeping under cardboard trying to keep warm on our way to the local cinemas, we see them roaming the streets, checking trash bins for food, or looking for a potentially warmer new sleeping spot. Although we see them everywhere, they are becoming INVISIBLE to many New Zealanders. 

Due to the chronic rise of the number of homeless people over recent years, these people are becoming a number, another statistic.

What Street Smart aims to do is look beyond all this, at the person - something that people tend to forget. Street Smart investigates the life of Regina Tito, who after time on the streets and in other homeless situations, speaks of her experiences now that she has ended her cycle of homelessness. We will explore Regina's life from a humanistic point of view, ask the questions that homeless people never get a chance to answer.

Street Smart will remind people of the basics of what it means to be human - kindness, empathy, understanding.

With the use of Regina's voice-over she will guide us through her most poignant moments on the streets. We will visually explore the unique experiences of homeless people; a visceral overwhelming world filled with loud horns, crowds of feet walking by, over bearing buildings in the city. 

The film will provide a raw and truthful undestanding of life on the streets that many people ignore.  

We want to give these people an opportunity for their voices to be heard. That's where you can help. We need all the support and help that we can and we need to reach $2,000 to get this film made. Once we reach this target, Loading Docs will match that amount dollar by dollar. 

We are a group of young filmmakers and this is our first short documentary. This subject  is very close to our heart and we need people to know Regina's story. We want homeless people to have a place in our world. 

Your donations and sharing of support will ensure that this film gets made, that these questions get answered, and that these people will always be seen in our society. 

 

UPDATES

  • Street Smart update and thank you (again!)

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Kia ora,

    Last year the short film Street Smart was selected as part of the 10 Loading Doc Short Documentary Films. After months of pre production Street Smart went live on Boosted - a crowdfunding platform for artists of all genres.

    With YOUR help and koha we made our goal of $2000 (plus more) even before day 30 clocked over :) !! Your support has directly contributed to making this film, and therefore allowing Regina’s story to be heard and seen by audiences both nationally and internationally.

    Since then Street Smart, Regina’s story, and the issue of homelessness has been featured on Maori Television news Te Karere -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRy-mad4f9Y
    An interview with Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan - http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201810675/regina-tito-from-sleeping-rough-to-helping-the-homeless (please copy and paste the URL to listen)
    and an article in stuff.co.nz and the Wellington’s Dominion Post - http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/82545330/uncertainty-fear-and-hunger-what-it-is-like-to-sleep-rough-on-wellingtons-streets (please copy and paste the URL to read)

    Street Smart was selected in the New Zealand Sydney Short Film Festival where it played to audiences over the ditch, and recently it was also selected for the Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival, a film festival that will showcase over 30 international filmmakers from Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East and Australasia; the largest screen contingent to ever attend a festival event in New Zealand. The Doc Edge Festival is running now - Wellington (10 – 21 May) and Auckland (24 May – 5 June). If you want to continue to support Street Smart, check out the film on the big screen - http://docedge.nz :)

    I am so thankful for all the audiences it has and continues to reach. I hope that this film will begin to challenge peoples assumptions and stigmas that are associated with homelessness. I hope that it will remind audiences that the homeless community are humans that need to be “seen” and understood.

    You can watch Street Smart again on the Loading Doc Website -http://loadingdocs.net/streetsmart/ Any feedback about the film, both positive and negative (constructive, please ;) ) will be greatly appreciated.

    Once again, many thanks from the myself and the rest of the Street Smart team,

    Arohanui & Alofa,

    Leigh Minarapa

  • Street Smart Update and Thank You (again!)

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Kia ora,

    Last year the short film Street Smart was selected as part of the 10 Loading Doc Short Documentary Films. After months of pre production Street Smart went live on Boosted - a crowdfunding platform for artists of all genres.

    With YOUR help and koha we made our goal of $2000 (plus more) even before day 30 clocked over :) !! Your support has directly contributed to making this film, and therefore allowing Regina’s story to be heard and seen by audiences both nationally and internationally.

    Since then Street Smart, Regina’s story, and the issue of homelessness has been featured on Maori Television news Te Karere -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRy-mad4f9Y
    An interview with Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan - http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201810675/regina-tito-from-sleeping-rough-to-helping-the-homeless (please copy and paste the URL to listen)
    and an article in stuff.co.nz and the Wellington’s Dominion Post - http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/82545330/uncertainty-fear-and-hunger-what-it-is-like-to-sleep-rough-on-wellingtons-streets (please copy and paste the URL to read)

    Street Smart was selected in the New Zealand Sydney Short Film Festival where it played to audiences over the ditch, and recently it was also selected for the Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival, a film festival that will showcase over 30 international filmmakers from Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East and Australasia; the largest screen contingent to ever attend a festival event in New Zealand. The Doc Edge Festival is running now - Wellington (10 – 21 May) and Auckland (24 May – 5 June). If you want to continue to support Street Smart, check out the film on the big screen - http://docedge.nz :)

    I am so thankful for all the audiences it has and continues to reach. I hope that this film will begin to challenge peoples assumptions and stigmas that are associated with homelessness. I hope that it will remind audiences that the homeless community are humans that need to be “seen” and understood.

    You can watch Street Smart again on the Loading Doc Website -http://loadingdocs.net/streetsmart/ Any feedback about the film, both positive and negative (constructive, please ;) ) will be greatly appreciated.

    Once again, many thanks from the myself and the rest of the Street Smart team,

    Arohanui & Alofa,

    Leigh Minarapa

  • Huge thanks to Friends and Supporters

    18 MONTHS AGO

    WE HAVE REACHED OUR FIRST $2000 TARGET.

    Kia ora to everyone who donated and showed their support by Sharing our project.

    We are now driving towards raising our target to $3000.

    This will give us the ability to tell this Story on film the very BEST way we can.

    All donations will go towards expressing a very different view of a very urgent Homelessness situation.

    Join us in telling this story by sharing our facebook page with the BOOSTED link.

    Arohanui.

     

  • 35% in 24 Hours!

    19 MONTHS AGO

    I am in awe with everyone's support thus far! and it has only been 24 hours!

    Thank you so much for not only the donations, but also the kind words of support from you all. 

    It is really appreciated!

     

    Love from the Street Smart team x

    35% in 24 Hours!

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