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Home is a Hotel

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Catalogue Number:  TVP126
Producer:  Video Project, Inc.
Producers:  Stills, Todd
Directors:  Wong, Kevin Duncan
Producing Agencies:  Home is a Hotel LLC
Subject:  American History, Arts, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2023
Running Time:  94:33

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Home is a Hotel is the story of a newly single mom in Chinatown, a blind songwriter fighting harassment and eviction, a former couple in recovery living together to co-parent a six-year-old son, a graffiti artist painting murals for the tech companies gentrifying his neighborhood, and a determined mother searching for her runaway daughter. Each of them is trying to craft a brighter future within the four walls of their 80 square foot rooms, which, despite their meager offerings, can still cost above $900 a month. Facing infestations, shared bathrooms, and hostile landlords, life inside SROs (single room occupancy) often prove to offer additional obstacles, rather than alleviating them. Through a deep and long-lasting immersion in these stories, a composite portrait materializes, not only of life for those living in SROs, but also of the current state of the American dream for an ever-growing segment of the population. 

Filmed over six years, this character-driven verité documentary immerses viewers in what it means to call a single room home, and demonstrates how the conditions of poverty are all too often cyclical and inherited by younger generations. Home is a Hotel is an expansive journey through cramped spaces against crushing odds in the heart of one of the world's wealthiest cities.

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