Creating Engaging and Powerful Stories.
Emotional and Visually Impactful Anti-Gang Campaigns.
The End Gang Life video series gives communities a rallying point around which they can mobilize against gangs in their neighbourhoods, and make gangsters pause and have a second thought about their life choices.
Myths & Realities of Gangs Documentary
Real-life Anecdotes told from the Perspective of Former Gangsters.
The ability to get a glimpse into the mind of a gangster and relive his experiences is not something that many have the opportunity to do. They have lived in the shadows, many have done unspeakable things, but their stories are gripping.
The heartbreak and pain that comes with losing a child to murder is unimaginable for most people. The utter devastation of your child dying due to some bad, misguided choices they or others have made is even more incomprehensible.
The videos open a window into the lives of people most closely associated to and affected by the gang lifestyle. The stories told are so vivid and enrapturing, with everyone describing the worst days of their lives.
They are full of honest and raw emotion. The stories told are universal and can be shown to anyone in any community and still have an impact.
The six part video series is held together with interwoven real-life anecdotes told from the perspective of former gangsters, parents of slain gang members, as well as police officers who have dealt with both the enforcement of gangsters in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia as well as the bloody aftermaths.
Myths: You’ll make lots of money & be powerful. Selling a little bit of drugs isn’t a big deal
The first module disputes the myth of having lots of money, fancy cars, power and that transporting a little bit of drugs is no big deal. The basis of the first module is essentially high risk, high reward.
Myths: As a gangster’s girlfriend/wife you’ll have everything you want & Girls and women aren’t allowed to join gangs
The second module focuses specifically on female involvement in gangs. Girls have a role to play too, and they aren’t immune to the violence that accompanies the lifestyle.
Myths: You’ll have plenty of friends and they won’t care if you’re a gangster & You’ll be respected and feared wherever you go & You can always get out whenever you want.
The third module highlights the misconception that gang members will be your friends, people you count on, and that that lifestyle will earn you respect. Gang life is a book that gets judged by its cover. The horrors aren’t revealed until later.
Myths: Someone will always have your back and you’ll be protected & Even if you do end up in prison, your gang will protect you.
The fourth module focuses on the belief that a gang is like a brotherhood and support system. The reality of the situation is that you are entirely alone, fighting a losing battle.
Myth: You’ll live a long and happy life
The myth of living a long and happy life is demystified entirely in the fifth module. It is no secret, but many gangsters don’t live past the age of 30.
Myths: Gang murders are a victimless crime & Gangs are only a lower class, ethnic problem & “No one in ‘my’ family would ever be in a gang”& Once kids join a gang there’s no hope for them
The sixth module serves to eliminate the stigma that surrounds gang life. It is easy to brush it off and say that these people got what they deserved, and that the murder of a gangster is a victimless crime. But there are victims: the parents, spouses, and children who are left behind to suffer.
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