"Songs of Hope" Short Documentary Highlights Homelessness in Winston-Salem

"Songs of Hope" Short Documentary Highlights Homelessness in Winston-Salem

8:50am Apr 10, 2014
Gay from Songs of Hope.
Safyah Usmani and Tania Kharchenko

Tania Kharchenko and Safyah Usmani tell stories through film.  Both are Fulbright Scholars (Tania is from Ukraine and Safyah is from Pakistan) currently studying with the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University.  Their most recent documentary short focuses on homelessness in Winston-Salem, and more specifically, takes the Bethesda Center for the Homeless and the experiences of three women, Teresa, Gay, and Evelyn as its subject.

“Songs of Hope” will be screening at the RiverRun International Film Festival as part of the North Carolina Documentary Shorts.  You can see these shorts on Friday, April 11th at 3pm at the Hanesbrands Theatre.  Bethany Chafin spoke with Safyah and Tania about their filmmaking process and mission as directors.   

Both Tania and Safyah will be in attendance on the 11th, and the Bethesda Center for the Homeless will have representatives at the screening with information available in the lobby before and after the film.   

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