19min | Short, Drama | Short
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A
Director: Doug Roland
Writers: Doug Roland
Stars: Steven Prescod, Robert Tarango, Francisco Burgos
IMDb summary: A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.
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Feeling Through Short Film Review
The plight of the homeless is such a difficult thing to talk about. And it’s almost impossible for anyone to relate to someone in this situation. One can only imagine the struggles a homeless person goes through daily to survive. Watching Feeling Through was like a gift – it’s the type of film that brings awareness to the plight of those less fortunate and makes you feel thankful for all the things in life you take for granted.
Bring tissues; you might need them.
Feeling Through is partially based on a real-life experience from the writer and director Doug Roland. The process to create this masterful piece of filmmaking took many months to complete and included locating the deafblind man that Doug met that night so he could thank him for being the inspiration behind this short film.
Feeling Through follows a teenager named Tereek who is just about as down on his luck as he can get; he’s homeless, feeling hungry, cold and unwanted. None of his friends wants to support him, so he’s looking at yet another night out on New York’s mean streets. As Tereek tries to organise somewhere to stay the night, he notices a man standing very still on the edge of the footpath. He watches the man for a minute and realises he isn’t moving. So Tereek walks over to investigate. As time passes, Tereek decides to help the man who is both deaf and blind and unable to catch the bus he needs to get home.
Through Tereek’s interaction with the deafblind man, he learns there are worse things than being homeless. He sees another human being struggling with two disabilities at once, and it moves him to show compassion and kindness.
Steven Prescod plays Tereek, and this young man has a bright future ahead of him if this performance is any indicator. The man that portrays Artie is partially blind and deaf. It was essential for the director to find an actor challenged in the same ways as the real-life person he portrays.
This film will leave you feeling both hopeful and painfully aware of how much so many of us take for granted in our lives. It’s a strong message delivered in the most amazing way possible. Watch this short film as soon as you can; it’ll move you to tears.
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