A series of documentaries highlighting homelessness in Bratislava, Slovakia, will begin this week, including stories from people who are homeless, social workers and support services in the city.
The first part, titled ‘Invisible Visibility’, will follow the journey of one man living on the streets and his experience in trying to leave homelessness behind. It will be shown on Facebook on Wednesday 30 June at 19:00 UTC +01.
The documentary has been made by local NGO, OZ STOPA Slovensko – a member of the European End Street Homelessness Campaign – and funded by World Habitat.
Pavol Sabela, Director of OZ STOPA Slovensko, said:
“STOPA is delighted to share the first in a series of films sharing stories from the street in Bratislava, Slovakia. For us, it is important that anyone experiencing street homelessness is able to speak out as individuals, and challenge the prejudice, stigma and myths that surround homelessness. It is important for us to share these voices, as local and city municipalities often speak about these people, without taking positive action. STOPA’s aim is for people to live independently in a secure place to call home.”
Patrick Duce, Programme Lead (Homelessness) at World Habitat, said:
“World Habitat supports passionate housing rights advocates across the world. We are proud to continue working with our partners in Bratislava as part of the European End Street Homelessness Campaign, as they work to tackle street homelessness. This film, funded through our Innovation Fund, helps to give a voice to those that have no place to call home.”
The next part of the series will focus on social workers and the challenges they face in supporting people who are homeless and living on the edge of society, without political support.