In my short film, I depicted a couple breaking up and moving on. Do you believe people really ever move on from a breakup?
Hi! My project focused on the places at Lehigh people go to seek out their potential space. Each picture is a space mentioned by the person interviewed, and it is meant to represent the feelings they get when they access their potential space. Do you have a potential space at Lehigh? How would you describe the feeling you get when you go there? What does it evoke?
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After a major tragedy like the riots presented in the beginning of the film, many cities and people in lower income areas kind of give up on their town or move because of how broken down it is. But in this film, some people who just decided to dress as clowns and dance created such a movement that people almost forgot about it. Why? and How? Dance has created an escape for many in the past but after a riot as bad as this one, it seems like there could have been other ways to lift spirits but this way was so effective and so important to the community, my big question remains, how are these people who lost so much, so able to just remove it from their minds during these dance battles?
The film presents dancing as a way for the people of Los Angeles to express their frustration and release their negativity through the art of dance. Some of the dancers spoke about feeling oppressed and angry by the lack of after-school options, and they agreed that dancing was a positive alternative.
Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, I had a chance to see some of the ideas that were discussed in the film. Lack of after-school activity led to many students loitering and hanging around with people they should not have. My town decided to combat this problem by building a game room into a local library that was walking distance away from my neighborhood.
While dancing in LA and the game room in my home town prevented the students from being exposed to gang violence, they do not solve the underlying problem. There are clear systemic issues with how the city treats its people. The low-income families are left to their own device, far removed from the luxuries and amenities that the middle to high-income families enjoy from the same government. In LA, lack of education and the constant presence of gangs are the key issues, while income disparity was the major issue in my town. The best example of this underlying issue can be seen when an innocent girl was murdered due to “being at the wrong place at the wrong time.” What does Rize say about the systemic issues of LA? Should we accept dancing as the perfect alternative? These are the questions that I couldn’t stop thinking about as I watched the film.