"an interesting and compelling case study of human nature"
The latest documentary from award-winning filmmaker Charysse Tia Harper and her Xplore the World team is a remarkable study of one humble man's choice to open his home to a struggling family for $1 a month for 12 Months. Tony's offer is nothing short of astonishing.
Whilst some would call him crazy for what he was doing – but hearing his motivation (the story about his father) and knowing that he did this a year previously with a different family – just goes to show that there are some really decent people in the world.
From the outset, it was easy to identify with Felicia and her plight: she's a single mother trying to do right by her children by keeping them together. This film shows that without force-feeding you on morality and you really want the best for Felicia and her children.
I had never heard of Alexandria House or even knew that places like that existed. It is extraordinary what these organisations do for families. The world would be a much better place if there were more places like that and more people like Tony.
Beautifully shot and edited, 12 Months shows that it's not all doom and gloom; great things do happen. However, situations like this get missed in the news because of all the violence and struggles, so kudos to the LA Times and CBS for getting the word out.
12 Months is an interesting and compelling case study of human nature. Tony is an inspiration and this is a fantastic example of paying it forward. One would hope that it inspires others to do something great for someone else. As I finished reading the various titles at the end, it felt like this was just the beginning of a much larger story, and I would be interested to see where Felicia and her family are in another 12 months.