Homelessness – A concept of self

An exploration of origin and familiarity through the streets of Braamfontein, Johannesburg. This is trying to question the true occupancy of Braamfontein. Presently, there is a diverse group of people adopting Jorissen Street into their own. Home then becomes an intangible relationship with the streets and the architecture.

The short film opens with footage of people walking on the edge of Cnr Jorissen and Melle Street. The corner has many people from different fields crossing paths to get to their destinations. Frequently, amongst people there is a sense of oblivion towards others. There is an eluding divide amongst the occupants, a society of classism. In a city of Africans, one would expect the spirit of the city to speak to its people.

There are three main characters which are classified as outsiders in society’s ideals. Thulani is a passer-by from Grahamstown, Thabang and Siphiwe are street children/ teenagers from Soweto. All three are in the same age range from 17-21.These characters are meant to arise an internal conflict of societal constructs. Who is actually from Braamfontein? There is an element of self-reflection, is this home?

It is a city of ghosts and souls self-consumed by I/Me/Mine. The film is sincere footage of the street activity.  It is a response to the question of occupancy and in itself leaves it in the question state. Are we not all homeless if this isn’t home  ?

Penny for your thoughts.

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