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‘Overtures and Undertows’: S.F. International Film Festival Offers Docs with Bay Area Focus

Noma Faingold

Directors Kevin Duncan Wong, Todd Sills and Kar Yin Tham spent five years (including during the height of the pandemic) following a handful of people living in San Francisco SRO (Single Room Occupancy) units. The subsidized housing is meant to be transitional for the formerly homeless and the extremely low-income, among other difficult situations.

However, one older Hispanic woman featured in the film, who was going blind, had been living in an SRO in the Mission District for 13 years. As her sight continued to deteriorate, she had to keep her room tidy, to help her remember where everything was.