On a generations-old family farm in North Carolina, descendants of the original farmers discuss the meaning of the remnants their ancestors left behind. Those who knew the farm as children create a sketch, crafted from memories, recalling what the community used to be, the simplicity and hardship of everyday life, and the nature of the people who tended the fields.
To Return, to Remain was my Center for Documentary Studies capstone project that explores the human need to be connected to place and time while acknowledging that human nature invents, desires, and creates something new to be remembered.
Catch the full film, for free, right here on Vimeo just moments after the official premiere in New York! Our Journey Home is the second original documentary from the Emmy-Award-Winning Stillmotion team, created in collaboration with national awareness initiative ReThink.
Where we come from shapes who we are, and how others see us. Home gives us a sense of belonging and stability. It’s so much more than just a physical structure. It’s our safety, our refuge, our launch pad.
Yet, so many people in the U.S. face housing instability and homelessness. A shocking 76% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. They are just one accident or injury away from losing everything. Losing a place to call their own.
You can't dream when you're struggling to survive.
Our Journey Home explores how home shapes us and challenges our perceptions about people in need of public housing. The film examines the role we all play in supporting those who struggle in having a stable place from where they can grow and dream.