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Video: Short Film Exposes The Dichotomy Of Class In L.A.

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A short video juxtaposes a old-timey narrator extolling the virtues of a growing Los Angeles with scenes of poverty and abandonment found on Skid Row and other low-income areas of the city.

"Do Not Enter" was made by three Cal State Los Angeles students: directors Mikayla Heinke and Chelsea Lee and shot and edited by Oleskii Babenko. The students turned "Do Not Enter" in as their final documentary project. They used a DSLR camera, shoulder mounts and a car to shoot the video, and completed the project in 48 hours.

Babenko tells LAist:

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["Do Not Enter"] attempts to visually create a realistic depiction of California's Los Angeles, focusing on the lives of the lower classes, as well as homeless people, living on the streets. Instead of resorting to the stereotypical glamorous generalizations about one of the most popular cities on the planet, "Do Not Enter" utilizes a quite different approach. It shows the lives of the "bottom of our societal chain," as something that is being completely ignored by the higher classes, which here is visually represented by the occasional snippets of the flags, tall buildings, and the "reluctant" traffic of Downtown/South Central Los Angeles.

The industrial track, if you were wondering, if "Fistula" by Lucidstatic.