Costa Mantis

Costa Mantis

Director of the new documentary revealing the homeless plight in America, “Searching For Safe Ground,” which debuts at this year’s Action On Film International Film Festival in Monrovia California on August 22nd.  Similar to Steinbeck’s “Grapes Of Wrath,” the touching film “Searching For Safe Ground” directed by filmmaker Costa Mantis, chronicles the struggles of a small group of homeless people in Sacramento, California, who fight for their right for a place to sleep while America and the rest of the world swirl in the strife of the new Great Recession.

In “Searching For Safe Ground” you will meet these homeless people, citizens just like you and me – sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, families – who lost their jobs and homes and must try to rebuild their lives from backpacks, rolling carts and tents.

Searching For Safe Ground” challenges the homeless stereotypes and follows John, their leader, as he guides this group of homeless citizens from the ruins of tent city into their battle for the fundamental right to protect and shelter themselves after losing their homes.

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“Give me your tired, your poor

your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

-Emma Lazarus 1883, engraved on the Statue of Liberty