Tuesday, September 6, 2011

documentary screening: Fruits of War

Sun, September 4, 6pm – 9pm
everywhere - internet broadcast (map)
* this is not meant to promote KQED in any way.
Fruits of War is a documentary that explores the US government's role in encouraging the creation of Salvadoran gangs in the 80s and 90s by waging military and police wars on people in Central America and Los Angeles.
 this is a very good documentary that can spark discussions, lend to broader self-defense or KNOW YOUR RIGHTS curriculum and aid in community police accountability initiatives that help victims of racial profiling, activists and human rights advocates understand local and federal policing tactics that unleash violence in Black and Latin@ communities. *
KQED's description: Fruits of War explores a devastating cycle of gang violence that has plagued El Salvador for more than thirty years. The film follows four reformed gang members -- Bullet, Rebel, Weazel, and Duke, who escaped to the United States as child refugees from El Salvador's bloody civil war. They settled in the tough east side of Los Angeles, eventually becoming involved in street gangs.
In an effort to suppress an epidemic of gang violence, the US began an aggressive policy of deporting undocumented gang members with felony records. When these four men return to El Salvador, they discover a country ravaged by war, and facing a new wave of violence as the LA street gangs take root in their homeland.
The Salvadoran government, with support from the US, begins a brutal crackdown on the gangs, and these four men find themselves in the middle of a conflict eerily similar to the civil war -- pitting the army and police against thousands of El Salvador's poorest residents, now members of the gangs. As they come to terms with their two countries' violent histories, these former gang members redirect their lives towards helping young people deal with this legacy.
[Original air date: Sun, Oct 05, 2008]
Episode #404 | Duration: 56:24 | Closed Captioned | Stereo | TVG
Sun, Sep 4, 2011 -- 6:00pm PST
watch here: [http://www.kqed.org/arts/programs/trulyca/episode.jsp?epid=205907]

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