A rough, raw documentary that shows the hard life of some young black youths in Miami. Its gritty handheld style and fast cuts compliment the tough subject matter. Whilst Gittoes is an active subject in the film, accusations of exploitation are ridiculous, as it is an observational look at one family, not a sociological study of the problems of Miami's ghetto. Sadly, the subject remains extremely relevant 8 years on
I didn't read any exploitation. I appreciated too the director taking the lead of the subjects in the film, trusting them and what parts of their community and their lives they wanted to have documented, and then become more active in helping after marc's death. He even acknowledges on screen the role his film making might have had in the loss of a life. But the family considers him a friend. A very moving film.
Documentary meets exploitation film. Filmmakers intentions seem disingenuine and exploitative. The story of a soldier, a poet and a rising star supposedly with the three all being led to believe they are on their way to great things. A lot of performing and posturing for the man with the camera....know what i'm sayin.