4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Four years ago, Penny Woolcock researched a ﬁlm with the two main gangs in Birmingham – The Burgers (B21) and The Johnsons (B6), not thinking it would be her next documentary. These two gangs have been killing and wounding each other for over ﬁfteen years. The Burgers and the Johnsons are two of Britain’s oldest gangs and their feud is one of the worst in the country. In January 2010, two of their leaders – rivals - decided it was time to stop the killing – but can they overcome the distrust built up over decades? Peace is established, but it’s a fraught peace. A murder occurs and everything starts to break down. Then the summer riots happen. Young people all over the UK voice their discontent. This ﬁlm will be a glimpse into why, and what the solutions might be. One of the most important British documentary directors in the UK today - Penny Woolcock’s One Mile Away tells the human side of gang violence and knife crime, of people who are at the same time perpetrators and victims. These are issues which worry us all, but which are hard to understand and seem impossible to resolve. This ﬁlm is a rare opportunity to do both. Most ﬁlms about youth and gangs glamorize and don’t tell the whole story. Woolcock gives us the full picture.
Penny Woolcock is a British ﬁlmmaker, opera director, and screenwriter and her work is about telling the stories of people who are marginalized. She has made a major contribution to both documentary and fiction by questioning the difference between the two and has established a unique position in TV and the cinema. Her breakthrough ﬁlm was Tina Goes Shopping, a collaborative piece with the real residents in Leeds. One Mile Away (2012) On the Streets (2010) Tina Goes Shopping (1999)
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