"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.
Ken Kimmelman, Director
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