It’s that time of year when the flowers bloom, the rain falls, and the Hot Docs festival emerges. The Hot Docs festival is Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival, sheding light on cultural, political, artistic and social films. This year, the good people at Manifesto are co-presenting a film entitled “G-Dog” at the Bell TIFF Lightbox. What does this have to do with hip-hop? The film follows the highs and lows of a Jesuit Preist who’s mission is to present former gang involved youth with the opportunity to change their community for the better. Ultimately, G-Dog shares the same ideologies that Afrika Bambaataa did which became fundemental pillars in hip-hop culture.
“Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” This is the belief of unlikely gang expert Father Boyle, a Jesuit priest also known as G-Dog. He’s the visionary behind Homeboy Industries, the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the US. Like no other organization, Homeboy is doing things right. But when the donations and support aren’t coming infast enough, Homeboy is at risk of closing its doors and sending many back to the streets. With strong bonds between Father Boyle and the young men and women from the program, and a little faith and hard work, they just might pull through. Easily one of the most inspirational and uplifting documentaries of the year, Father Boyle and the group at Homeboy are proof that we can make a better world.
– Heather Haynes, Hot Docs Programmer
Be sure to check out all the other amazing films at Hot Docs this year, as well as Check the Manifesto Facebook and Twitter (@manifesto_fest) for a chance to win tickets to this screening!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
TIFF Bell Lightbox
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