If I hadn’t met you.
How do you show the simplicity of compassion? Compassion Corner commissioned us to do just that. As we made friends on the street, we quickly realized that showing compassion could be easier than we ever thought. Showing compassion can be as simple as saying hello. And, we learned that one conversation could even save someone’s life.
Compassion Corner exists to serve the homeless. Their mission is to love others when they may seem unloveable. Compassion Corner wanted us to tell a story that would transcend their local impact. They believed that if more people could see how simple compassion can be, that the world might treat others better than the day before.
Our greatest challenge was to tell the story of the homeless without making the same mistake that others have before us: treating these people as projects. They are not projects. Each one has a name. And each one has a story. Over many months, we became friends with many of them. We were a part of their life. As filmmakers, we pushed ourselves to our limits by capturing hours and hours of unscripted moments. The result is that the viewer gets to see and experience what we saw and experienced first hand.
The Impact. Since the short film was released just this week, we are still tracking final first week numbers. So far the feedback we’ve received is exactly what we set out to do: to change people’s perceptions so much that they act upon it. One viewer reported watching the video in a restaurant and then as he walked outside he decided to interact with two homeless gentlemen. The viewer attributed this interaction to what he experienced moments before.