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Short Film Shows Hardships of Panhandlers

by Guardian staff

Four students in ECU’s Master of Social Work program have created a film to raise awareness of panhandlers in Greenville. The 30-minute video, “Misunderstood: The Voice Behind the Cardboard,” presents public perceptions of panhandlers, ranging from sympathetic to antagonistic, through video-recorded interviews with community members.

The realities of homelessness, substance abuse and disabilities are explored through footage with three panhandlers as well as information from others who wished to remain anonymous.

Ali Kiser, Ashley Tucker, Miriam Hill and Glee Dunbar’s film will be screened for the final time tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center (1100 Ward Street). The students plan to post the video on the internet for public viewing.

If you go, expect to fill out a pre-test and post-test on your own perceptions of panhandlers. Stay for questions and discussion after the screening.

The Greenville Guardian welcomes your comments on the film or your own perceptions of panhandlers in the comments. We require a full name (first and last) and valid email address be ascribed to each comment. Email addresses will not be published.

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