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Synopsis: Hi, my name is Arden Pala. I am currently a 12-year-old filmmkaer living in San Diego, California. Some of my goals in this documentary are to show the viewers the homeless problems in San Diego.
I live in San Diego, and I often see the homeless when I drive around downtown.
During this documentary, I have incorporated interviews of people that have been homeless and people that are working to help stop the homeless issue in San Diego.

his documentary explains how hard it actually is to be homeless. I hope this documentary opens your eyes to what it is like to be homeless and how homeless people can’t just “get a job.”
Hearing all these stories has changed the way I think of homelessness, and I hope it changes the way you think too.



Run Time

10 minutes


Arden Pala (Narrator)

Directed by

Arden Pala

Produced by

Zeynep Ilgaz
Serhat Pala

Edited by

Mark Holmes

Production Designer

Brock Scott
James Vasquez

Director's Statement

Anyone gave a second chance is given an opportunity; a way to move forward
-Arden Pala

Director's Bio

Arden Pala is a director, actor, and author. He started acting when he was 6 years old. He published his first book at age 10. He currently is a 7th grader at Francis Parker School.

Arden was most recently seen as Tahz in the short film Tahz, where he was also the the Best Child Actor Award from the Los Angeles Film Association.

Notable theater credits include Lady Bug Who The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. and Zalmai Thousand Splendid Sun’s both at the Old Globe: and Fletcher in Freaky Friday (Moonlight Youth Theater). Arden was the recipient of Outstanding Supporting Performance by the National Youth Theater for his role as Fetcher.

Arden Pala is the author of the “Adventures of Noah’s Flying Car” book series (3 books published), available on Amazon and Kindle. All proceeds benefiting low-income youth and the Covid 19 response fund.
Awards and Recognitions:

– Published Author: The Adventures of Noah’s Flying Car on Amazon and Kindle (3 book series)
o Noah’s Flying Car Through Mexico
o Noah’s Flying Car Through Turkey
o Noah’s Flying Car Through Turkey

– 2021 LAFTA Best Child Actor
Tahz, in Tahz

– 2021 National Youth Award Best Supporting Actor
As Fletcher in Freaky Friday, Moonlight Youth Theater

– 2020 President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award
For his community work

– 2018- San Diego Theater Critics Circle Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Production
As Zalmai, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Old Globe

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