Investigating and documenting the dramatic increase of gang-related violence in an otherwise sleepy town.
Having watched the original documentary (Gang War: Bangin' in Little
Rock), I somewhat anticipated the same quality and straightforward
reporting in this 'sequel'. I wasn't disappointed but I was not too
Marc Levin returns to Little Rock, Arkansas to once again experience
the culture of street gangs which have grown and expanded their
dominance at an alarming rate in the last ten years when the first
documentary was released. He delivers quite admirably and stops at
almost nothing to expose how street gangs have created a dangerous
impact on the community.
Unlike the original film, this one does not outline the nature and
origins of street gangs but is told in a retrospective and more mature
light by former gang members or remorseful gang leaders. It also deals
with the tremendous loss of life and how too many of the youths these
days live a fragile life enveloped in fear and terror.
Levin also shows us the social and cultural damage gangs have brought
upon this town by interviewing families who've suffered a loss due to
gang-related incidents. It is truly saddening to see mothers break down
into tears while relating their child's death yet remain thoroughly
resolute in coping with it.
By no means is this a grade-A blockbuster documentary as it is meant to
promote awareness or serve as a wake-up call to control gang-related
crimes without utilizing any fancy cinematics or visual invigorations.
The endless onslaught of facts a viewer can acquire makes this
documentary an extremely informative one so I would recommend this to
any knowledge junkie out there.
A fine piece of work, I must say.
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