How Ozlem Altingoz Uses Her Craft to Create an Impact on the World
It could be an issue that started from inside the family or a governmental matter that failed to alleviate the unpleasant conditions of those struck by poverty. It is unfortunate how this is going on, especially when the world is continually changing, with concrete buildings continuing to rise and modernization approaching its peak.
However, it is more hapless that people fail to acknowledge such a lamentable circumstance.
Movements have started to take place to spread awareness in the tragedies of the homeless people. After all, having more people know the unfortunate circumstances of these individuals expands the number of persons willing to help ease the troubles that they currently face.
It is not an easy feat to send a meaningful message across people of all shapes and sizes. Still, for a filmmaker as passionate and successful as Ozlem Altingoz, a task is never a difficult one, so long as the heart is in the right place.
Ozlem Altingoz is a filmmaker in the United States who was born and raised in Mersin, Turkey. In the past three years, Ozlem has made seven mind-blowing short films with herself as the writer, director, and producer. Her 2017 short horror film entitled “Daughter of the Lake” has garnered over 40 awards all over the world in prestigious film festivals, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Short Film, and Best Woman Filmmaker.
Her 2018 short horror film, “Birth,” was shown at the 2018 Montreal Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. It won over 40 awards all over the world, including Best Horror Short, Best Original Story, Best Producer, and Best Director.
However, her most recent project entitled “Los Angeles City of Dreams and Fallen Angels,” somehow deviates from her usual triumphant works relating to the horror genre. Because she believes in the power of films to effectively send meaningful messages, Ozlem uses her craft to spread awareness about the travails of the homeless people, especially those wandering in Skid Row, Los Angeles.
In her documentary, Ozlem wanted to highlight three things: how severe homelessness is, the initiatives done by people to help alleviate the unfortunate circumstance, and for others to heed to the call to action.
It was established in the film how homelessness affects not only those who are directly experiencing it but also those who surround them. After all, homelessness is a societal issue.
With the seriousness of the situation in mind, initiatives are done by Kirkpatrick Tyler of the LA Mayor’s Office of Homeless Initiatives, Heather Carmichael of My Friend’s Place, and TV Personality and Author, Lisa Vanderpump comes into play. Their movements, such as providing temporary shelter and food for the homeless, serve as an inspiration for others to do the same, and that is what Ozlem intends to send as a call to action for others. She realized how this issue could not be handled by a few people alone. So she plans on expanding the reach of this ingenuity to the whole world.
Support Ozlem as she spreads the word of the misfortunes of the real world. If this genre interests you, you can watch the full documentary on Youtube.
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