Gang warfare in Birmingham
3 April 2013, 22:50
'One Mile Away' shown on the border of two rival gangs in the city aims to bring peace to the areas
This documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock charts the attempts by two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham, the Burger Bar Boys (B21) Handsworth and the Johnson Crew (B6) Aston, to bring peace to their neighbourhoods.
One Mile Away was initiated by Shabba, a young man affiliated to the Johnson side who met Penny during her research for 1 Day, a musical which depicted these postcode wars.
Penny agreed to get involved and introduced Shabba to Dylan Duffus who's affiliated to the Burger side.
The film follows their painstaking journey over two years to recruit more supporters from both sides. Along the way, they get advice from Jonathan Powell, who oversaw the Good Friday Agreement, and the riots erupt in Birmingham, with surprising consequences.
They believe the film can change lives and needs to be seen by as many inner city young people as possible - at home, at school, in prisons - and as many police, judges, politicians and council leaders as they can get to see it.
It's being shown at The Drum in Aston on the 4th of April, followed by showings at The Mac on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th of April.
For more on the film click here: www.onemileaway.co.uk