It’s in the fall of 2012 that documentary film maker Nik and a homeless man named Alex meet for the first time. Shortly before five in the morning, they set out from the railway mission in the Berlin Zoo station on a brief nighttime trip. After sharing breakfast, they each goes their separate ways – not to meet again until two and a half years later, when they are brought back together thanks to a tip from someone at a film festival...
Ten years on the streets have changed Alex. He’s no longer the person he once was, having endured the cold and isolation of homelessness. Often he hasn’t slept for nights on end, landing up in police stations or hospitals. Why didn’t he turn to his family at some point during his ten years of homelessness? How did he manage to get by day in and day out without money or friends? And above all: How did he end up out on the street in the first place?
In early 2015 Nik meets Alex for the second time. Now no longer homeless, Alex is living in a subsidized apartment, trying to find his way back into the same society that had so often ignored him over the years. Alex is now 54 years old, with a second chance in life...
Alex is just one of the roughly 17,000 houseless people in Berlin and there are approximately 280,000 in Germany. This documentary aims to show what the homeless value most: acknowledgement.
Documentary film maker Nikolas Migut treats Alex with sensitivity while patiently observing and talking with him. He tries to build trust – such as in his short documentary ´Alex – Incomplete Faith´ (2013) – and to ask the questions he consciously avoided asking the first time they met. He invites the audience to see homelessness the way the homeless themselves see it. Nikolas Migut affords Alex a stage, giving him back the thing he’d lost: his own voice.
Directing / Script / Camera / Sound / Editing: Nikolas Migut
´Street Blues´ is a sequel to ´Alex – Incomplete Faith´ (2013)
Developed from "7 days... among hobos" by Nikolas Migut, Julian Amershi and Benjamin Arcioli
North German Broadcasting / NDR Television (2013)