Black Jacket, The
This verite documentary follows the efforts of former gang members who are now committed to stopping the violence that they once enacted themselves. A former Black Panther leads a 16-week course full of gang members and community outreach workers through a curriculum recently adopted by the Los Angeles City Council. The mission: Peace. The method: Changing the violent mindsets of influential gang members one person at a time. The result: Hundreds fewer murders per year, 87 warring neighborhoods now working in peace, cease fires, and widespread communication before the bloodshed gets out of hand in the neighborhoods. This teaching method and course are being adopted in cities throughout the world.