Homeless Migration donations campaign

Homeless Migration donations campaign

Homeless Migration is a documentary focused on the life of a homeless man, Carlos Davis Reséndiz, and his friends.
  Start date: Sep, 16 2020   Donors : 3
$ 265.00 Raised
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DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT: HOMELESS MIGRATION

Summary

Homeless Migration is a documentary focused on the life of Carlos Davis Reséndiz and his friends. Carlos is better known as "the Red Tiger of Sonora". El Tigre is a 58-year-old Mexican immigrant who lives on the street under the Štvanice Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. A doctor by profession in his native Mexico, a painter and a sculptor by nature, El Tigre Rojo shows us how a foreigner lives, a homeless man by choice, on the streets of Prague.

Project Description

THE DIRECTOR

Carlos Casasola, Mexican photographer

The documentary is directed by Carlos Casasola, a professional photographer from Mexico. Graduated from the Film and Television School of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU for its acronym in Czech). Casasola has developed his work as a documentary photographer and in 2019 he joined the photography department of the National Gallery of Prague. He has also worked promoting Latin American culture in Prague, exhibiting his own work, but also capturing other artists in cultural events such as "Verses of wind and salt", "Day in the desert" and the "Corn Festival" held at public spaces like the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures.

Currently, his biggest project is the direction of this documentary, whose objective is to bring the phenomenon of homeless migration in a European city like Prague to the public debate.

THE STORY

El Tigre Rojo is a Mexican doctor dedicated to the visual arts, specifically painting and sculpture. More than 20 years ago, El Tigre traveled to Europe for the first time: from Paris, he traveled to Frankfurt and then to Prague, where he would live on the streets. After an accident that left him in a coma for three days, he was deported to Mexico where, in addition to returning to practice medicine, he would also adopt the profession of painter and sculptor. Married four times and with more than a dozen children, El Tigre returned to the Czech Republic in 2019 at the request of his friend Ota Dvořák, who asked him to come to work for a month, paying for his flight. El Tigre is reunited with old friends and also with an old love, Eva, so he decides to stay in the Czech Republic. He spends time in Horní Cerekev with Eva, where he sets up his atelier, dedicating himself full time to artistic creation. There he creates a sculpture of Christ made especially for his father-in-law, who would place it on top of a mountain in Šumava with the title: “Saint Charles, Watcher of Šumava”.

The Tiger under the Štvanice Bridge

After a while, El Tigre decides to come to live on the streets of Prague for his mission in life. He claims that he has to deliver a message, in person, to the captain of this ship called the Czech Republic; he wants to speak to President Miloš Zeman.

After spending a few days in Naměsti Republiky, Ali wakes up El Tigre and takes him to his refuge under the Štvanice Bridge. With a nice view of the Vltava river and with an Indian companion. Place where he also met Tommy Lee Jones from Poland. El Tigre and his bridge companions spend their days in the beautiful city and their nights under the bridge. Helping each other to survive life in the streets, in the heart of Europe. Then we can see Prague with different eyes: underneath the magnificent life of a cosmopolitan and exciting city there is another less known life, also exciting but in a different way.

Like him, a Mexican, and Ali, an Indian, the homeless community living in Prague is going international. The language spoken is local, many times it just imitates, needs are also adapted to the locality. The city of Prague maintains sites to help the homeless, such as Armáda Spásy, where they are fed, dressed, groomed, and their beards and hair trimmed. They can even sleep there, but El Tigre Rojo prefers to be under the bridge.

Keeping warm under the Štvanice bridge

The documentary aims to give an idea about the phenomenon of homeless migration, told by a Mexican, an Indian, a Polish, and a Czech. Refugees or illegal immigrants are of growing importance in today's world. In this sense, the Czech Republic is not comparable to other developed countries such as Belgium, Germany, or the United States, however, Prague remains a crossroads and a destination for migration from neighboring countries, such as Slovakia, Poland, and Ukraine, in addition to Ali and Carlos, who coming from other continents now live under a bridge on the island of Štvanice.

What We Need

We need help to finance the post-production process, which will take between 45 and 60 days. The post-production team will need a translator, video editing, sound editing, project promotion - these are all expensive endeavors. In addition to the payment of the equipment rental: full HD camera, 4 lenses (17mm, 50mm, 1.4, 100mm, 70200) microphones, tripod, hard disk, SIM cards, and editing software.

Financing breakdown:

The person responsible for managing the financial resources is the director Carlos Casasola.  Your donation will help make this noble project come true, thus promoting the integration of homeless people with Czech society.

The documentary will also be participating in the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2021

What is the benefit for you?

The documentary aims to give visibility to those forgotten communities in the middle of the progress and growth of developed cities like Prague. In this case, homeless migrants.

  • Your contribution will help give a voice to the homeless community in Prague at the international level (Ji.hlava Film Festival 2021). To show another lens of Prague corners, exciting, full of stories, and mysticism. In addition to a small example of the inequality that prevails in our society. Where not only the fact of living on the street is combined with being a migrant.
  • You could be part of a historical event in the Czech Republic since with the publication of the documentary, el Tigre Rojo de Sonora could fulfill its mission: to speak face to face with President Miloš Zeman.
  • You can get an acknowledgment in the credits of the documentary.

Challenges

We are having some challenges ahead of us, firstly, the global emergency situation caused by Covid-19 makes recording work difficult due to the conditions of social distancing. However, the team has been working and aiming to film in Armáda Spásy.

We have to finish filming before the frost hits Prague. An especially difficult season for those who live on the street, since each year few of them die frozen in temperatures of -20 ° C.

The Crew

The director and author of the project is Carlos Casasola, a Mexican visual artist living in Prague. The institutions involved are Fiestak.cz - a social platform in Prague, Buenas Artes z.s. - a group of artists and myELEN.com - a smart crowdfunding engine. 

Carlos Casasola and Franco Frontera in action

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can't contribute, but that doesn't mean they can't help:

Spread the word to your family, friends, friends, enemies, your crush, your mother-in-law, just tell everyone, please! 

Drop us a message on FB or Instagram if you are interested in the project and would like to volunteer, we can find you a space in our team

Help us make a lot of NOISE so that this great story told by a Mexican, a Hindu, a Pole, and a Czech would get known around the globe.

OR

You can also get your Tigre Rojo de Sonora T-shirt and other products like coffee, exclusive to the production of the documentary Homeless Migration.

GET YOUR T-SHIRT IN OUR VIRTUAL STORE

The Filmmaking of the "Homeless Migration"

Under the bridge
Under the bridge
El Tigre & friends
El Tigre & friends
El Tigre studying
El Tigre studying
In a good shape
In a good shape
Community
Community
Filmmaking with Dr. Vítek Švejda alias Caballero Águilla, friend of El Tigre
Filmmaking with Dr. Vítek Švejda alias Caballero Águilla, friend of El Tigre
Casasola at work
Casasola at work
International community
International community
Frontera & Casasola
Frontera & Casasola
The Buenas Artes z.s. SWAT team.
Space for religious piety
Space for religious piety
improvised altar.
El Tigre
El Tigre
in a religious zeal.
Dr Aguila and Dr. Tigre
Dr Aguila and Dr. Tigre
during the break of the film making session

 

Become an investor of the documentary by purchasing a share in form of a unique T-shirt!!!

Each T-shirt has an identification number and receives the right for 0.5% of net profit from the documentary recorded at the end of 2021.

You can also support the crew purchasing fundraising coffee 100% arabica from Mexico (250 g Tosepan) and receive right for 0.3% of net profit from the movie project recorded at the end of 2021.

 

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List of Donors

Richard
Marcos
$ 5.00 2 months ago
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Apexage
$ 10.00 2 months ago