The Summer Help
2016, Melody Gilbert, Bulgaria/USA, 68 min.
- Sat, May 14th 7:45pm
Behind the scenes at American resorts and tourist destinations, the nitty-gritty dirty work is frequently performed by legions of foreign students on temporary visas, doing the minimum wage jobs that no one else wants. This documentary by currently Chicago-based filmmaker Gilbert (WHOLE, A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN) follows Elena and Nikoleta, two Bulgarian college freshmen, on a hard-working adventure that starts with a first plane ride and lands the apprehensive but upbeat pair in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where their summer-long glimpse of the American dream will be from the lowly but see-all perspective of hotel maids. In Bulgarian and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
Preceded by LIFE THROUGH THE LENS (2014, Igor Myakotin, Bulgaria, 7 min.) A young photographer experiences his city through the lens of his dad's vintage camera.
MAY 14: Director Melody Gilbert will be present for audience discussion.