|Some Homeboys in G-Dog.|
By John Esther
Responding to the full-blown gang violence of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jesuit priest Father Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries in 1992. Essentially an alternative community for former gang members residing in the Los Angeles County, Homeboy Industries for the past two decades has provided a sense of worth amongst a supportive community; plus employment, spiritual guidance and hope for those who needed it the most.
How the fair-skinned Father Boyle AKA "G-Dog," managed to earn the trust of so many African Americans and Latino gang members and what Homeboy Industries means to these men and women -- usually young, often felons -- is the focal point of Freida Lee Mock's inspiring documentary.
Going behind the scenes of the Father, the people, and organization itself, Mock offers a firsthand viewpoint of why the place has been so successful and why, as local residents, we should make sure this place survives and thrives during times such as these.
The LAFF screening of G-Dog is free.
G-Dog screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival July 17, 4:20 p.m., Regal Cinemas.