"More Than A Bullet is a Chicago documentary that focuses on life in Chicago. It isn't based on the same things that are often shown in the news ,it shows a different perspective. It features SD, has brief appearances by King Louie and Young Chop."
This film is interesting because it points out that a lot of the youth who spend time on the street do so because there is nothing else for them to do.
They talk about not having anywhere to play basketball or football, a lack of extracurricular activities and how that actually creates an environment where violence, that Chicago has become so well known for, is all the more likely to happen.
Another interesting point made in this documentary is that many schools on the south side of Chicago no longer use conventional disciplinary education professionals, they now use Chicago Police and probation officers to enforce discipline at some of the schools. This could mean that many students form their opinions about the police within confines of school, and then they have to deal with them outside of school. If they do something bad in school the now run the risk of being labeled as a criminal early in life.
(Not to say that much progress has not been made) But... A very eye opening statistic shown is that segregation in Chicago has barely changed since the 1960's!
In the recent weeks the world turned it's eyes to Chicago when people spoke up about a Chicago Police Facility that they were allegedly tortured inside of. It is also rumored that the facility contains military grade equipment specified for police use. The police behavior that is observed by many Chicago residents as expressed in the film, is foretelling of a police state reality that only massive reform could reverse. Negative stereotypes about police are being affirmed because a bunch of people are being crammed into a space with nothing positive to do. The police see these youths as dangerous and find many ways to put them behind bars.
Overall, More than a Bullet is a very thought provoking documentary that provides a lot of depth to Chicago's current situation. Among many questions raised in this film I have some questions myself. How can we address these issue positively? How can we get more positive activities happening in these areas? Something positive enough to prevent people from joining gangs or committing acts of violence? Can an alternate form of peer mediation be massively taught? Give some feedback in the comments below!