As the buzz about HIFF began growing and growing as the opening day came close, the more excited I was to attend one of the showings of the films. On Sunday November 15 I made my way over to the Dole Cannery Movie Theater to watch Dear Thalia, a documentary film about a homeless family living on the streets in Kaka’ako. I think what really caught my eye about this film and what made me decide to go see it was that it was filmed on Oahu, my current home. Homelessness is a huge issue on the island; it is ranked #1 in the nation for the most amount of homeless people. It’s practically imposible to not pass by at least one homeless person.
Many have this perception that homeless people chose this life because they are lazy or that they are damaged from all the drugs they took. Dear Thalia opens up your eyes to make you realize the truth of homelessness. The Martin family, whom which this documentary is about, is neither lazy nor damaged from drugs. The mother Tabatha actually does have a job while Tracy the father had a heart-attack in the past and is therefore unable to work. Thalia is their two-year-old daughter that that love with all their heart. All they want is for her to not have to suffer for the mistakes that their parents made.
This film had fantastic video footage, the music choices were perfect, and the content were great. The only thing that I disliked about the film was the editing. The story was a bit scattered; it jumped from one piece of the story to the next, and then back to the other part. This made is difficult to follow the storyline of the film and get a sense of what the Martin family goes through on a daily basis. From another person’s perspective they may not agree with me, but as an editor in the media field this is the things I pay attention to when watching a film. I believe that the way a film is edited and presented helps the audience feel a certain way and take something with them once the film is done. The lasting impression is the most important part because that is what the viewer sees last.
I highly recommend that everyone attend the next showing of Dear Thalia on Tuesday, November 17th at Dole Cannery. It will open your eyes up to homelessness on Oahu and get a better sense of what these people go through.