*Please note this film is intended for adult audiences*
A documentary film of gang-involved youth and young adults in the high impact crime neighborhoods of inner-city Boston, the youth advocacy street and social workers tasked with helping transform their lives, and the organizations attempting to provide the bridges to opportunity. Told primarily through the point of view of gang-involved youth/young adults, entangled in the intractable violence of inner-city Boston, “This Ain’t Normal” examines the individual motives behind those perpetrating violence, the culture and circumstances that precipitate these behaviors
and the staff of StreetSafe Boston, who are on the frontline, delivering interventions in an effort to prevent violence and ultimately provide opportunities that stabilize the lives of the young men responsible for the majority of gun violence. The youth violence has grown to epidemic proportions in the City on the Hill.
Established and funded by the Boston Foundation in 2009, as a result of findings of a Harvard University study around Boston crime, the StreetSafe Boston Initiative identified and worked directly with 20 of the most dangerous gangs in Boston around youth violence prevention. The film explores the uniqueness of the gang culture in Boston and chronicles the individual stories of five young men and two of the 160+gangs involved in gang-related activities. The purpose of the “This Ain’t Normal” film is to expand dialogue between law enforcement, municipal politicians, local behavioral health providers, business community and the various community-based stakeholders and residents across the United States, on how best to eradicate violence and build healthy inner-city communities that provide viable opportunities and alternatives for our youth.