“Poor Kids” by Jezza Neumann: Movie Review
Jezza Neumann is an experienced filmmaker whose effort in making films on children living in poverty has been excellent over the last ten years. He is an experienced filmmaker, writer, and editor. His films are carefully planned and broadly researched before the actual shoot. Neumann and his dedicated team members spend a significant amount of time researching their subject. Before the shooting of the movie, ‘Poor Kids’ Neumann and his team had spent an entire month traveling all over the United States. They explored many cities and met many kids in the process. His long years of experience have helped him understand his market. It also helped him to create connections that enable him to get information when he needs it.
Presentation of different points of view
In this documentary, there are different people giving information about their financial struggles in the cities. This information is very personal and persuading the respondents to be honest with their submissions is not easy (Woods, 2005). However, the film presents every story exactly as it was narrated by the victims. It is evident that all the participants in this film suffered different levels of poverty and different challenges. However, the film has created an overall theme which covers all the many aspects of the divergent information (Woods, 2005). The film is a perfect presentation of different points of view presented as a single typical ideology.
Some of the assumptions made in this film include the perception that the kids are going through a tough livelihood. By comparing the poor kid’s livelihood with the normal middle class kids, the situation looks dire. Anyone watching the film will be convinced to suppose that the kids live under very disgraceful conditions (Woods, 2005). Although the poverty level that the kids are exposed to is worrying, we must not ignore the fact that this could be just a different way of life. The kids may have gradually adapted to their environment. It might seem calamitous from the viewer’s perspective but it could be surprising to find out that the kids are more comfortable in that lifestyle than some of us who are financially privileged.
Depth of the discussion
The discussion in the film is excellent. It is very important that one gets the real information from first-hand sources when dealing with such a sensitive story. The producer has done his research by interviewing the real victims (Woods, 2005). The depth of this film’s discussion is profound and very convincing.
The film has one great lesson for everyone. We live our lives assuming everything is fine until we hear of a starving child. As a person, I tend to think that am the only one who needs help even though I have most of the things that such children consider as luxury. The film is an eye-opener for me and my greatest lesson is to be contented with the little I have because there are others who have less.
My perspective on the topic
The topic in my opinion is not appropriate. I believe these kids are not only poor but also exposed to unfair and unmanageable living conditions. Although it is impossible to have all humans living in similar social levels, these kids deserve better livelihoods.
Woods, B. (Executive Producer). (2005). Poor Kids. Web.