First Advisor

Ricardo Pinheiro

Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business: Marketing and University Honors






film, childhood poverty, social issues, sex work, neoliberalism, cycle of poverty




The Florida Project is a contemporary movie filmed by independent director Sean Baker. This movie tackles different social and institutional issues across America, specifically the outdated welfare system and the rise of homelessness among young children. This paper is determined to analyze the different social and ethical concerns filmed throughout the movie and offer my interpretation of the film. Digging deeper into artistic pieces is essential as hidden messages are portrayed in every way. Censorship and display through art have been a form of individual expression since the beginning. This thesis will discuss how the filmmaker filmed and showcased the movie's scenes. Expectations of sex work, childhood-related trauma, delayed development, and the neoliberal housing system are all studied in this paper. There are no concrete results, as this analysis is one of liberal art, not science or math. This paper is structured to open the discussion of all of the forgotten or pushed away topics that are so prominent in American societies today and that more awareness and reputability are spread due to this paper.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Marketing and Advertising Management.

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