Seattle University, four animated shorts, and a determination to change the way people see family homelessness
Written by Haley Jo Lewis, Student Project Assistant for the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness
Seattle University: empowering leaders for a just and humane world. But what does that really look like?
It was a sold-out show on May 19 at the Harvard Exit theatre. While a sold-out show is not necessarily unusual, the content of the films made it remarkable. The films, titled collectively as American Refugees, are four animated shorts that tell the stories of families, homelessness and their resilience against all odds.
Seattle University’s Film and Family Homelessness Project had recruited five professional filmmakers to create these films. Seattle University students were involved throughout the process — assisting the filmmakers as Student Fellows, helping to develop discussion guides, designing collateral and finally, volunteering at the event itself.