Monday, 17 August 2009


Homeless people are those having no home. The ending 'less' means "without" ("sin") + the meaning of the adjective: jobless = without a job (sin trabajo), homeless = without a home (sin hogar). The suggested video below was shot on a cell phone, and it's about our attitude to the homeless we see everyday on the streets of our city. The author, Jason van Genderen, won the Tropfest NY (a short films festival) 2008 award for this work.

Below the video, there's the complete script and the translation of some key words.

place: lugar
measure: medir
empathy: empatía
to look away: mirar hacia otro lado
with no standing: sin posición o prestigio
blind: ciego/a
indulge: satisfacer; consentir
successful: exitoso/a
art of hearing: arte de oír
mankind: humanidad
island: isla

This story is about two cities
Divided by a great ocean
United by hope, hunger
Through your eyes our city is famous, happy
You can feel the love, love, love, love (I love Sidney, I Love NY)
But what is it we love today?
Do we love the people or the place?
Do we measure empathy by donations?
I walk by you today, I always look away
Well worn boots with no standing, no standing, no standing
Do you reason with your condition?
Our city says “we’ll look after you”
Your very own family turn blind
when did you last see your dad, boys, mother, brothers?
No fortune to indulge
No sunflower, no rainbow, no successful life
I walk by you today, I did not look away (a story around every corner)
The gentle art of hearing your truth, your thinking, your inner spirit
No different to me...
Mankind is no island


  1. whoauuu!!!it´s very nice!!! maybe the people look that´s video they can change their way´thing! Bye teacher! walter

  2. That's it. All of us can think about the "outside" for a while...

  3. It´s one of the most videos that I ever seen. I think that we are habituate to see all this people evry day in our srteets, but we thought that the goverment has to do something for them not us. I`m responsible from my acts and I know thay I´ve never help to that people because I`m alway running with my stuff.
    We have to put in practice the art of hearing, that`s all. Thank you teacher!!!

  4. The art of "seeing" is also important... Some of us don't even see and it's dangerous for the future. "Seeing" and thinking about the issue for a while gives us the chance to change somehow...