Miami filmmaker David D. Jaure has created a new film, 3:13, about a family man who loses everything.
Its character, Peter, is, or was, head of a family, an office clerk, an owner of a house with a garden where his small daughter played — a good citizen. Young and smart, he had a promising life. But one day, everything changed. And Peter ended becoming a homeless wandering through the streets of downtown Miami.
“Many of us are full of debts. If you lose your job and give up, you can lose your car, your home, everything,” Jaure said in an interview with El Nuevo Herald. “In this society, people are three checks away from losing everything and ending like the character in this story.”
Peter, immersed in the economic crisis of the last few years, has even lost his sense of life. He wanders through the city, sleeps in parks, digs in the garbage. The character was inspired by people who once had a life, a family, and today, for reasons of family neglect, mental problems or drug addiction, live in those same streets where Jaure filmed his movie.
“It’s a mix of stories, telling things we have known of people who disappear for different reasons, illnesses, hate crimes,” he said.
Jaure was born in Argentina and has lived in Miami since he was 10. His film has received awards including the Lion Award in Barcelona’s 2014 International Film Festival, and the award for best director and best actor in the 2014 St. Tropez International Film Festival. In the San Antonio Film Festival he won the best film award.
“We are proud of having won among so many high quality movies. We have very positive reactions from people,” Jaure said. “After seeing the movie, people change their way of thinking about the homeless, it really touches their heart.”
The film, whose title the viewer will figure out at the end of the story and which also alludes to a biblical passage, Corinthians 3:13, shows the humiliations homeless people are subjected to.
The character is played by actor Paul Alexandro, the filmmaker’s brother. “It was a great effort, my brother gave the character life, learning a lot from the real homeless to pick up their way of speaking, the tips, etc.,” the actor said.
Jaure launched his own company, Jaure Productions, to make his films.
“Many of the actors are not professionals. Everything was done with a team of barely 10 people, working nonstop, for the love of art,” Jaure said of the filming process, for which friends donated money. The post-production, the professional editing, the music, were done in Argentina due to economic reasons.
Homeless people in a scene of the film are real, which gives a place and context to the story.
“Something interesting happened with this,” Jaure said. “While filming, many homeless seeing the character dressed like them came to encourage and support him. We felt their acceptance. Let’s remember that these people go unnoticed,” he added. “More attention is given to a dog than to a homeless person. And it was nice for them to see that we wanted to help. They appreciate that.”
The idea of supporting homeless people does not end with the making of the film. After going through festivals, the filmmaker, with his organization named homelessworldaid.org, plans to show the film around the world and raise funds for the cause.
“The primary objective of the movie is to help create awareness of the homeless. Hate crimes go unnoticed and the homeless are very vulnerable to them,” Jaure said. “At the same time, the society should know that these organizations exist. The media help a lot also because they place them on the map and people will be able to know where and how they can help. The idea is to create awareness. ...
“Cinema is a very powerful medium,” Jaure said. “If we all helped a little in these social issues, the world will be a better place, and that is what I want to try to do.”
“There is something very important that people should know,” added the director about the message of his film. “We should be more afraid of any person on the street than of a homeless. A homeless person would never hurt you. When you give them money, 99 percent of them will respond saying: ‘God bless you.’”
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