“Homeless – The Courageous Nameless”. This is the title of a very special film and coursework project by CBS media students, Marcel Witczak, Imke Hennies, Ramona Kehrer and Nicole Michalik. For the project, the filmmakers addressed the issue of homelessness and, along with those affected, also spoke with a social worker from the Diakoniehaus Salierring. Working on the project has shown the students the many different reasons why people end up on the streets and that there’s no such thing as a typical homeless person. Often is it the case that individual strokes of fate are to blame for their homelessness.
The film focuses on the Cologne homeless man, Klaus, who allows a very close insight into his life on the street: He tells of his violent father, how he grew up in different children’s homes and became a criminal at an early age, and that finally a broken relationship was the catalyst for his suddenly no longer having a roof over his head. Klaus talks about his drinking and the ever-recurring suicidal tendencies. But he also says that there are people who love him – and people who he loves.
Klaus’s modest wishes for the future remind us how little we need to be happy. His Christmas wish list is short: an apartment, of course, a bicycle for riding along the Rhine, peace and good friends.