Robin Hood’s Conviction
It is not a secret that most college attendees in the lower-middle class, graduate from their designated institution with significant amounts of debt. This two channel video, captures this trite and long-time downward spiral of financial constraints and metaphorically questions the advantages of pursuing a degree. Just how much are you in the hole?
In one channel of the video, I am literally digging a massive hole that causes me to exert an insurmountable level of energy. The other channel is my colleagues’ yearly accounts of their situations and debts, or who may have dug holes that seem self-defeating and inescapable. This “debt clock” of faces, serves to bring this debt crisis to a more intimate level as you see the students (debtor) up close and personal. The two channels ultimately function as a holistic cycle and equally illustrates sacrifice, resilience, and belief that although you are in the hole, the will-power to dig supersedes the debt one accumulates.
“Robin Hood” is the creation and creator of this film. This cycle is a life sentencing and again inescapable because of the domestic and financial constraint back at home that pushes “Robin” to pursue higher education. Ironically, the institution leaves Robin and family with more debt than before. This video inevitably presents the question, how and when does one get out? This places Robin in a dilemma of Telling the story that exposes the callousness of institutions/Universities.
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