We see people walk down streets without knowing their lives. We watch them shop and eat, chat and wander without realizing what challenges they confront, what fears they face. And we assume their lives are in order because we live ordered lives.
The stunning new film The Florida Project — a popular entry in this year’s New York Film Festival — reminds us that beneath the surface of a society that pretends to take care of others lives a population that society overlooks. These people hang on, one day at a time, one motel room by the week, one desperate effort after another to make money, until they run out of ways to avoid the inevitable conclusion when people overlook people whose pain is inconvenient. And when a government’s intention to invest in lives gets lost in the sea of political agendas.