Film Screening Explores The Meaning of Home
The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee joined with ReThink: Why Housing Matters to host a screening of “Our Journey Home” at Milwaukee's Oriental Theatre on Tuesday, September 13.
Narrated by the singer Jewel and produced by Emmy award-winning film company, Stillmotion, “Our Journey Home” follows the stories of three families and shares how their relationship to home has shaped them as they strive to support their families, further their education and careers, and give back to their communities.
The documentary examines the role we all play in supporting those who struggle in having a stable place from where they can grow and dream, and it narrows the gap between misperceptions and the real stories of people living in public housing.
Over 120 people attended the event, which also included an affordable housing panel discussion with HACM’s Associate Director Willie Hines, Milwaukee Block Grant administrator Steven L. Mahan, Zilber Foundation Executive Director Susan Lloyd, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Deputy Director Kari Lerch. Nicole Angresano, Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, served as moderator.
The event also featured a video and comments from Sayvon Friend, who spoke about the impact of HACM’s housing on his family’s life, and a short video featuring Mayor Tom Barrett.
A special guest was Sayvon Friend, a former HACM resident who was featured in a short video for the ReThink Housing campaign in 2013. Just weeks prior to the film screening, he graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, thereby accomplishing a goal he discussed in the ReThink video.
Watch the full-length documentary and the short videos at http://www.hacm.org/newsroom/videos/our-journey-home-video. Learn more about the ReThink: Why Housing Matters campaign at www.rethinkhousing.org.
Guests on the red carpet
Sayvon Friend on the red carpet
Sayvon Friend at graduation