Every once in a while, there is a film that packs so much emotion and personal connection for me that I feel an urgent need to lay my thoughts out in written words; Nobody Knows (2004) is one of those films.
More than just a feel-good film, CODA revolves around Ruby, a CODA (child of deaf adults), and her deaf fishermen family. Having a great passion for music and singing, something her parents know next to nothing about, Ruby has to choose where her values lie the most.
This three part article will explore Seattle, Washington in two different time periods, from two different documentary styles, and view the differences and similarities between the homeless street people of then versus more contemporary street denizens. This piece will also explore the notion of self and how it may become lost to those dwelling on the streets.
To watch Kore-eda Hirokazu’s After Life (1998) is to watch countless people telling and retelling countless life stories, and we could all relate to them despite knowing that they are all fiction, because we could easily find ourselves in those stories.
Millennium Actress (2001) by Japanese director Satoshi Kon is a beautifully animated love story that spans across millennia, yet is also confined within the small screen that is cinema and serves to demonstrate the ultimate power of movies as a narrative device.