Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Together Against Violence

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Poor Jamaican community overcomes violence.

City Life - Together Against Violence

Bennetlands is a ghetto community in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica -- home to five thousand people. Half of them are under 25 and over two thousand are unemployed. Once, despite the poverty, Bennetlands was a peaceful place, with daily life revolving around its primary school, two churches and the S-Corner Clinic, which provided health care, support and education for high school drop-outs. But in the 1980s war broke out in the region -- with rival 'corner' gangs fighting a vicious turf battle over Bennetlands' one high street, terrorizing the neighborhood and preventing children from going to school. Then one of the gang leaders, the 'dons' in the local parlance, was shot outside the S-Corner Clinic, and the community decided that enough was enough.

Together Against Violence recreates the story of how the local leaders joined forces to challenge the local gangs to heal their differences and work together to restore a sense of community in one poor Jamaican neighborhood.

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Main credits

Wilmot, Cynthia (film director)
Nicholson, Hilary (film producer)
Nicholson, Hilary (narrator)
Persad, Gayatri (film producer)
Gentles, Mark A. (editor of moving image work)
Fullwood, Hopeton (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)

Other credits

Editors, Mark A. Gentles, Hopeton Fullwood; series editor, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Hilary Nicholson

Television Trust for the Environment
Hilary Nicholson
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Caribbean, The
Youth Issues
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Conflict Resolution
Urban Studies

Distributor subjects

At-risk Youth
Central America/The Caribbean
Citizenship and Civics
Conflict Resolution
Death And Dying
Developing World
Global Issues
International Studies
Urban Studies


Jamaica, gang warfare, poverty, Bennetlands; "Together Against Violence"; Bullfrog Films

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