Solomon

Release date:

1991

Running time:

30 minutes

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Available on VHS

Closed Captioned:

No

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This final project of Vancouver film and video artist Saralee James began as an inquiry into homelessness in New York, particularly in her neighbourhood of Tompkins Square Park in the Lower East Side. Here she met and befriended Solomon, an 85-year-old man whose central European Jewish origins, love of opera, and commitment to progressive politics and philosophy resonated with her own. When Solomon fell ill, Saralee documented her fight to ensure he got proper care. The resulting video is an unpretentious and often humorous look at an unusual friendship.

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