‘Where Is Kyra?’ Director on Casting Michelle Pfeiffer, Keifer Sutherland as Destitute New Yorkers (Video)

Sundance 2017: “I wanted to tell a story about these people that are disenfranchised that we see every day,” Andrew Dosunmu tells TheWrap

Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmu (“Mother of George”) said that even though his new film, “Where Is Kyra?” stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland, the inspiration was anything but glamorous.

“Living in New York, walking by people every day, homeless people, I just wanted to document that,” Dosunmu told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly at the Sundance Film Festival.

“I wanted to tell a story about these people that are disenfranchised that we see every day. We don’t ask ourselves the question, ‘Why are they here?'”

Pfeiffer plays Kyra, a woman who has lost her husband and job in Virginia and moves to New York to live with her elderly mother. When her mother dies, she spirals deeper into debt and devises a desperate scheme to keep from being evicted.

She also meets another nearly-destitute man, played by Sutherland.

“It’s about these two disenfranchised people who need each other’s support,” Dosnumu said. “They both need each other to survive.

Watch the video above.