The animated short entitled Walking Through Wonderland captures a glimpse of youth homelessness in a surreal and edgy manner. Framed around two characters building a friendship on the street, this artistic work highlights the dualisitic nature of youth homeless culture - on one hand there is a sense of community and safety; on the other hand, many of these young people have experienced traumatic family pasts and exploitative street encounters.
The film was funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is loosely based on health focused research carried out by Drs. Jeff Karabanow and Jean Hughes of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Bryan Hofbauer and Derek Jessome developed the film in collaboration with a group of youth who have experienced homelessness.