NEWS RELEASE Documentary on Homelessness in Savannah to Air onGeorgia Public Broadcasting on Tuesday, August 7 Savannah, Ga. (July 24, 2018) – Without A Roof,
an up-close and personal look at the homelessness crisis in Savannah, will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting television stations throughout the state on Tuesday, August 7, at 11 p.m., ET.
Homelessness in the Hostess City has remained unabated for decades. Meanwhile, Savannah’s tourism industry generates approximately $2.5 billion annually. The film explores the reasons behind this homelessness crisis, dispels many of the myths and prejudices associated with it, and tells the story of one non-profit that is leading the way with Housing First and the first tiny house village for veterans in Georgia.
The message of the film is simple: Homes cure homelessness. Anyone can become homeless. Our homeless neighbors are our neighbors. Many of them are interviewed on-camera. “We’re like anybody else,” says a woman known as Huggy Bear. “We’re not scary. We’re just lost and broken.”
Two years in the making, this 1/2 hour independently produced documentary was directed, photographed, and produced by Guatemalan-native Francisco Giracca, a 2016 Film and Television graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah non-fiction writer Beverly Willett served as co-producer. “I’m a privileged Hispanic young man from a relatively poor country, Guatemala, and have always been interested in how differently people live. My mother’s work helping others has always inspired me. Savannah takes care of its historical legacy and receives billions of dollars from tourism each year; it should be taking care of its homeless population, too.” Giracca currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
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