Youth members of Family Matters’ Boys to Men (B2M) (Teen Boys Program) produced and filmed a documentary centered on the realities of gun violence in Chicago. Silence the Violence (2017) looks at the multiple causes of gun violence through the eyes of young men in Chicago, and is a culmination of roundtable discussions with the police, and the community at large.
The young men provide courageous, genuine reflections about life and death, while posing the violence problem as both an issue of easy access to firearms and lack of access to alternatives to violence.
The result is a powerfully arranged collection of both everyday footage, statistics, 911 calls and personalization of what have come to be all too familiar news stories.
Family Matters is screening the documentary on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the New 400 Theater in Roger’s Park. A panel discussion with the young men will follow. Tickets are available for $10 at www.familymatterschicago.org/silence.
All proceeds will benefit Family Matters.