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What Does a Person Deserve?

Ken Kimmelman
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"What Does a Person Deserve?" is a film that asks the question first posed by Eli Siegel, an American poet and philosopher, and the founder of the philosophy known as Aesthetic Realism: "What does a person deserve by being alive?"

The film is a 109 second montage of black and white photographs choreographed to original music by composer Edward Green. "What Does a Person Deserve?" photographically displays the discrepancies that exist between the rich and the poor in the United States, a highly stable and technologically advanced nation. Taken visually through the world of homelessness and hunger, each photograph becomes a vivid and powerful reminder of the injustice that exists in the modern world.


Ken Kimmelman is director of Imagery Film, Ltd., and has produced films for the United Nations against racism and apartheid. He has received numerous awards including Newark Black Film Festival's Paul Robeson Award, and Atlanta's Film Festival Director's Choice Award. His 1995 anti-prejudice film "The Heart Knows Better" won the Emmy for Outstanding National Public Service Film and continues to stir people worldwide on TV, in theatres and sports stadiums (the New York Yankees show it at every game).

He has produced several children's educational films and won an Emmy Award for his contributions to Sesame Street. Ken Kimmelman is a Consultant on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, a not-for-profit educational foundation in New York City and teaches film and animation at the School of Visual Arts.

Contact information:

Ken Kimmelman, Director
91 Bedford St.
New York, NY 10014
phone: 212-243-5579
fax: 212-243-5580

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