We Live This
We Live This
Why We Chose This Film
Thoughts, ideas, and things to consider about this film...
We Live This is a moving and important glimpse into the lives of subway dancers, who seek fame, financial stability, as well as solace through their art form. It looks at their lives, their very real daily challenges, and their hopes.
This film showcases the loneliness inherent in the struggle to survive and in the almost unattainable dream of a better life. The loneliness depicted is partially kept at bay by practice, practice, practice—the foundation for any art form. We were inspired by their commitment and attitude–going out day after day to perform for the people of New York–and ultimately their resilience.
Did this film make you see street/subway performers differently? Have you ever sensed that the odds were against you as you pursued your dreams? And if so, how did that feel?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
To go even deeper, you can try the creative exercises we’ve developed for you.
About the Filmmaker
James has concentrated his efforts on documentary filmmaking to develop an award-winning career and a reputation for bold, cinematic storytelling. He is personally invested in creating films that take on complex and systemic issues and is known for his ability to gain unique access to difficult spaces. For the past three years James has been a Director/Producer for VICE Media where he has directed and contributed to over 60 documentaries for web and TV. James has been selected for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase at Cannes Lion in 2016, won the TriBeCa Film Festival Special Jury Mention Award in 2015, and was nominated for the D&AD Next Director Award in 2017. In 2017 James created the Solitary Confinement Project, a 24-hour livestream in which James voluntarily entered into solitary confinement for 30 days and broadcast his time inside. The project was nominated for a Webby Award in 2018.
Dive Even Deeper
Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…
Dance like it is for your survival…
- Pick a song that you like to dance to or select a song from a dance playlist on one of the streaming services. Next, clear some space in your home for a dance floor and then press play. Put yourself in the shoes of the subway dancers in the film and dance to feel strength and power. Dance as a way to counter any feelings of shyness or smallness. Dance as “a way in,” to get closer to yourself and your body and feelings.
- Afterwards, reflect on how it felt. Can you incorporate this kind of freeform, spontaneous dance into your daily routine? Can you invite others to join you?
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