Kuki

Kuki has been homeless for over 10yrs. His passion for basketball and dedication to keeping fit have helped him survive the streets of New York.

  • Miriam Abrahams
    Director
  • Miriam Abrahams
    Producer
  • Kuki
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Miriam Abrahams

Miriam Abrahams is a filmmaker from England, living in New York City.

With a background in Graphic Design and a passion for Photography, these elements can be seen to translate throughout her work, creating a unique and playful cinematic style.

Her work has been featured worldwide on The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, It’s Nice That, Fox News and many more.

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Director Statement

I met Kuki in the summer of 2014 in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York City. I had seen him play basketball there before but we had never spoken. I would always see him with an orange cart piled high with various items so wasn't sure of his situation. It was only after our first conversation when I told him I'd like to make a film about him, that he eventually told me he was homeless and had been for the past 10 years.

I spent the next couple of months following Kuki around, getting to know him as I filmed. We would arrange specific days and times in which we would meet as there was no other way to contact one another. We would always plan a 'back up day' incase either of us couldn't make it.

One day Kuki didn't turn up and despite my best efforts to find him, I couldn't. It was a whole year until I finally bumped into him again and began editing this film.

Kuki is a truly unique person. His dedication to basketball and fitness despite his situation, shows his inspirational ability to persevere and survive in a city that even with money, a job and a home can be a challenge to survive in.