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Brooklyn DA-Sponsored Film Prepares for Debut

 ‘Charge It to The Game’ Tickets Now on Sale

JAY STREET — Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced this week that Charge it to the Game, a documentary film created by the District Attorney’s YCP (Youth and Congregations in Partnership) program, will be screened at the NYC Downtown Feature Film Festival on Monday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, at 62 East 4th. St. in Manhattan.

The film, selected by the Film Festival from many entries, addresses the effects of gun violence in Brooklyn, especially among young people. Directed by Joseph Rodman, the film opens with the striking statistic that approximately every two days a life is taken by gun violence in Brooklyn.

Charge it to the Game details the consequences of gun violence on the families of both the shooter and the victim with interviews from members of the community who have been affected. Funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, the film also examines what can be done to curb this problem.

“It is very important that we as a community memorialize the victims of gun violence and urge others to address this tragedy,” said DA Hynes. “We must do more to remove guns – the instruments of death in Brooklyn – from the streets by whatever lawful means possible. I am proud that this film was selected to be screened at the NYC Film Festival so that more people can understand the depth of the problem of gun violence. Hopefully this will encourage people to take action and help us get guns off the streets.”

Youth gun violence is a major problem in the United States and in Brooklyn. Nearly 30 percent of all homicide offenders are between the ages of 17 and 24.

The film has been shown all across Brooklyn at schools, churches and community centers.

YCP is a community-based intervention program, promoting rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism among Brooklyn court-involved and at-risk youth. This objective is accomplished by providing comprehensive services including mentoring and counseling, and through collaborations with community partners. Senior Deputy District Attorney Joan Gabbidon is executive director of the YCP program.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 by going to smarttix.com, or for $10 at the door.

February 8, 2012 - 5:24pm


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