Montreal, May 14, 2012 –
website here: http://athome.nfb.ca/#/athome
"You cross paths with the homeless each day—but do you really see them? Through five Canadian cities, five filmmakers and some 40 short films posted online between now and summer 2013, Here At Home, the new interactive Web documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), lets you follow in real time some of the participants in the world's largest study on mental illness and homelessness.
Launched on May 15 at 11 a.m. on nfb.ca/hereathome, the Canada-wide, bilingual project trains its lens on the reality of homelessness in Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. It does so by tracking participants of the At Home study, a research initiative led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the health professionals who work with homeless populations daily. On an ongoing basis, the filmmakers will chronicle the Housing First approach—namely, giving people a home and then focusing on treatment. What are the social, human and financial consequences of providing a roof and services to those who, struggling with mental illness, live on the streets?
Of the 150,000 to 300,000 homeless persons in Canada, over one-fifth have some form of mental illness
Touching on various issues—housing, employment, interpersonal relationships, substance abuse, mental illness— Here At Home will fuel public discussion on the problem of homelessness as it brings certain prejudices to light. Even more importantly, the Web documentary gives a voice to those at the heart of the matter: the study's participants. Here At Home is produced by the NFB's Hugues Sweeney with the participation of the Commission..."