After a career spent documenting war zones, George Gittoes (Soundtrack to War 2005, Snow Monkey 2015) travels to the south side of Chicago, a neighbourhood under siege from gun violence.
In Englewood, statistics on gun violence are higher than any active armed conflict, leading locals to dub the area ‘Chi-Raq’. In this urban war zone, young people are the frequent targets, decimating families and fracturing the community. Installing himself within a local gang, Gittoes traces how racial segregation, high unemployment and ready access to firearms combine to contribute to a cycle of gun crime. Rather than surrender to violence, however, shooting survivors and community leaders hope to turn the tide through music and local collective action.
|Country:||Australia and USA|
|Producer:||Hellen Rose, George Gittoes|
|Cast:||Smiley, Solja, Lil Dave|
|Rights:||Gittoes Films Pty Ltd|