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Run Time: 92 minutes
"Nothing stops a bullet like a job" is the motto of unlikely gang expert Father Greg Boyle, a jovial Jesuit priest also known as G-Dog, who works with youth in East Los Angeles. Boyle has saved many lives with his Homeboy Industries, a working model for the transformation of young criminals into productive citizens. His forthright, take-no-B.S. manner allows him to forge peace agreements and employ former gang members and parolees who would never have been welcome elsewhere. With a thriving café, bakery, screen-printing business, tattoo-removing service, and classes on parenting, anger management, and much more, Homeboy would seem to be a huge success. Mayors and the Hollywood elite have given their support and former first lady Barbara Bush invited three Homeboy workers to Washington for a White House dinner. However, after two decades of success, the recession strikes and the enterprise risks financial ruin. Nevertheless, G-Dog's homies are fiercely loyal, and they're not going down without a fight. In a world with too few heroes, G-DOG is for real. – B.B.
Erik Daarstad, Hiroki Miyano
Freida Mock, the 30th CIFF Director's Spotlight, received a B.A. from UC Berkeley. She is an Academy Award®-winning director, writer, and producer. Mock is a partner in the Los Angeles-based Sanders & Mock Productions and co-founder of the American Film Foundation.
"Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision" (1994) – 30th CIFF, "Return With Honor" (1998) – 23rd CIFF, "Bird By Bird With Anne" (1999) – 30th CIFF, "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner" (2006) – 30th CIFF, "Sing China!" (2009), G-DOG (2012)
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