“Meet Liz” was sparked by the Tongal and Sundance Short Film Challenge, which asked its applicants to touch on economic inequality for the sake of furthering a global conversation on the topic. This filmmaker found her contribution in facilitating an uncensored and genuine connection between two former strangers who share a past of homelessness. By portraying these women-- who happen to be brilliant, educated, funny, and particularly brave-- as they portray themselves, in frank and open conversation, the filmmaker hopes to invite audiences to relax stereotypes about those who have, or do, fit the homeless demographic, seeing as these allow us to pity, ignore, and otherize people whom instead we could be empathizing and engaging with. May viewers instead exercise their imaginations next time they are tempted to reduce any person to a word, an idea, a problem, by projecting onto that person the same depth and complexity of humanity Liz and Nina so purely expose us to in this documentary. Let's keep the conversation alive and real.
Directed by Allison Torem