First of, this is not a film that gloryfies the thug life. What this film does is give you an inside look at a community that has been destroyed by poverty, racism and desperation.
It doesn't stand on a soap box and preach, what it does is more powerful than that. What it does is show you straight from the inside, what it's like to live in the prisons we call ghettos. Several times I've driven through Hunter's Point and been witness to the appocalytic scenario, boarded up homes, garbage littering the streets, and extreme poverty. What sickens me the most is how in the richest country in the world, in one of the richest cities, we could allow places like this to exist.
Kevin Epps, exposes this crime without ever saying a word about it being wrong. He just let's the camera roll, and the more it rolls, the more discontent you'll feel about the way this community is marginalized and mistreated.
Not only do we met the people living in this community close up, we learn about the increased cancer rates and PG+E's and the US Navy's unkept promise of cleaning and restoring the toxic conditions they've created. We learn about the police brutality which claims the lives of the people in this community and the desperation and hopelessness that has made it's young people look to crime and drug's for a way out. There is a message of hope, through the creative forces inside this community which is home to Gangsta Rap, some of the most successful have even found a way out through music.
To sum up we get an inside look at a place we would never ever see first hand. I give this 10/10, In my opinion this film was better than anything out of hollywood this last year, watch it if you can find a copy.
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