Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The economy seems to be getting worse and worse and it is getting harder and harder for people to find jobs just to survive. Our goal in making this documentary is to help these people get their benefits back so that they can live a happy life and not have to worry about what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day.
Strike on Congress
Year of Completion
Strike on Congress is a look at the men and women on the picket line in front of the Congress Plaza Hotel. Looking at an in depth and visual aspect of the truth behind the signs and the picket line. The documentary shows the grueling process of what these people have to go through every single day; the customers of the hotel walking right past them, the bell hops completely ignoring them and even the people who walk past the hotel every day and don't stop to see what's going on.
Strike on Congress will feature footage of the strike in progress, interviews with the strikers, people on the streets, the coordinator of the strike, and also the emotional journey that these people have gone through and continue to go through day after day.
This story isn't just going to be told through the eyes of the strikers, but through a student's account of walking past them every single day and finding out that nothing is getting better for them. A reoccurring theme of fighting for what these people believe in is amazing. They convey the patience that they have built up because they will not stop at anything.
Strike on Congress also addresses the concept of peace within a human. The amount of determination that these people have is so courageous and the people of Chicago shoudl see that and help them get what they want back. Strike on Congress will hopefully be an impetus for man and women to put forth the effort to do what is right for everyone working to survive out there in the real world where jobs are scarce and the ones that do exist take away the workers' benefits.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Knowing that I could potentially help people by taking this class really motivated me. I have always thought of helping people in need, but I've never actually done anything to help. I knew that this was my chance to really put myself out there and open my eyes to things that I hadn't before. I was tired of sitting around and letting life pass me by. I knew that I had to become active and really do something important to help people around me instead of just worrying about myself all the time. Even though I will be faced with situations where I may not know what to do, I will definitely do my best to work hard and achieve something that I've never done before. That is my goal in this class. I hope that I will become a better and more well-rounded person after exposing myself to this new way of thinking and analyzing certain issues.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
So, living with three other girls in an apartment was the most life-changing for me. My parents got divorced when I was five years old, so I have been living with just my mom for about fifteen years now. I've never had any siblings so it's been a rough semester adjusting to the other girls. I got homesick often, so I would go home on the weekends a lot to visit my mom. When I got back though, I tried not to let the little things bother me, but they did. So it basically took me about three months to get used to having these other girls around. I'm sure it was hard for them to live with someone new as well so I wasn't the only one, but it felt like I was all alone. At first, I thought that we would all kind of keep to ourselves, but that changed quickly and I've learned a lot about these girls and they have taught me a lot about myself that I never knew before.
Not only did I share an apartment with three girls, but I shared a bedroom with one of them. This was tough for both os us, but eventually we got used to it. We worked around each other's schedules and really got to know one another in the process. now I can't even imagine what my first semester would have been like without Lizie, that's her name by the way. She has taught me to become a stronger and more independent person and also how to do things for myself instead of relying on others all the time. My life was turned upside down when I came to Columbia College Chicago, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.