Cardboard Condominiums

Feature Documentary by Corinna Gamma
Edited and produced by Gizi Weibel


The documentary "Ties on a Fence: Women in Downtown Los Angeles speak out" is a compendium of conversations and interviews with women who are currently residing in the downtown Los Angeles Skid Row. The women who participated in this film are either homeless,  at the periphery of it, or in a transitional situation. They tell their stories, struggle and their experiences of poverty as they are trying to navigate through the various bureaucracies of government programs. Many of them are trying to overcome personal dilemmas, either resolving past experiences or escaping them altogether. Some of the documented conversations reveal that "homelessness" is more than just a physical situation but it is also a condition of poverty and becomes a state of mind.