With the help of Jay-Z and Michael Jackson, a Pakistani refugee tries to blossom in his new surroundings.
Made in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (rescue.org).
IFFBoston, Audience Award Winner
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
Prescott Film Festival
Executive Producer Cathe Neukum
Produced by Joshua Seftel, Anna Bick Rowe
Director of Photography Stephen T. Maing
Editor Amanda Larson
Associate Producer Amy Drakeman
Assistant Editors Steve Benjamin, Olaf Steel
Post Finishing Facility Modulus
Color Correction Erich Gilbride
Sound Re-mixing Damon Addleman
Finishing Supervision Kristen Clifford
Refugee Youth Summer Academy
The International Rescue Committee
The Naz Family
Roger Ross Williams
In October 2016, while filming another project, I drove from Reno, NV to Des Moines Iowa taking mostly backroads. One of the roads I drove, was Rt. 50 in Nevada, affectionately known as the Loneliest Road in America for it’s long meandering stretches of two-lane-blacktop intersecting several mountain passes and kept company only by a few small towns.
A few months later I traveled the Loneliest Road again, this time without a destination. I packed my camera gear with the intention of capturing a few interviews and documenting my experience while I wandered aimlessly for a week.
William Least-Heat Moon describes the motivation for such a journey in his book Blue Highways:
“With a nearly desperate sense of isolation and a growing suspicion that I lived in an alien land, I took to the road in search of places where change did not mean ruin and where time and men and deeds connected.”
What used to be a proud blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia is now a deteriorating haven for drugs, crime, and prostitution. Kensington is famous for the place to get your fix; and for the place you end up stuck when you’ve let your vices get the best of you.
For the last five years, Philly-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge has been taking intimate portraits of current residents (‘survivors’) in Kensington. But the stories he finds here aren't just about Philly: Jeffrey's photographs and raw interviews show a side of the desperation, hopelessness, and broken dreams that plague America's addicts across the country.
Through a walk with Jeffrey on the Avenue, we get a glimpse of what it's like to survive on Kensington.
Theatrical Premiere at Filmadelphia at the Roxy, Philadelphia, 2014
Official Selection, Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival 2015
Directed by : Mo Scarpelli
Co-Directed by : Jeffrey Stockbridge
Photography + Audio recordings by Jeffrey Stockbridge
Cinematography + Editing by Mo Scarpelli
Music : Scouts