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Director: George Gittoes 2019 96 Minutes Ages 18+
White Light Sat 05 Oct
10:45am 126mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA
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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.

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Year:2019
Classification:Ages 18+
Country:Australia and USA
Language:English
Director:George Gittoes
Producer:Hellen Rose, George Gittoes
Cast:Smiley, Solja, Lil Dave
Script:George Gittoes
Program strand:Documentaries
Rights:Gittoes Films Pty Ltd