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*directors statement | South Main Film

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*directors statement

 

Three years ago I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about the City of Los Angeles’ plans to close down an apartment complex due to gang violence. The article noted that the families being evicted were comprised mostly of single mothers with few resources who were uncertain about whether or not they qualified for a relocation subsidy from the city.

I have been interested, from a very early age, in the pressures that poverty places on families. As a child my mother and I moved a lot and at various points lived in government-subsidized housing complexes. At the time I read the article my mother, who was living in Florida, had just become homeless again and had to move into a shelter. My relationship with her and her living situation fueled my interest in the lives and survival methods of the mothers in South Main.

I went to the complex to shoot four times over the two weeks prior to the eviction date. During this time the women in my film had been awarded an $8,000 relocation subsidy and found homes. When I arrived on the fourth day I learned that Latisha’s fiancé, Antione, had been killed in a drive-by shooting three hours after I had last visited, just outside of their apartment unit, in a spot where Antione and I had stood talking. Tajuana’s son Jauan, then 14, had guided me on a tour of the buildings that day, showing me numerous bullet indentations on the buildings and the gate that surrounded them. At the time the bullet indentations were a chilling abstraction, but the devastating reality of Antione’s death forced me to comprehend the extremity of the lives of these women. At this point I knew that I wanted to make a film about the actuality of their day-to-day lives.

I knew when I started shooting that I didn’t want to fall back on typical or sensationalized images. My goal was to respect and show the reality of the women’s situations, not to romanticize them or push viewers emotionally. I came to realize that the way to make a film that felt true was to simply be patient with time, to mediate the footage as little as possible, and to not be judgmental.
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SOUTH MAIN is about spending time with the families.