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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Why We Bang Full Documentary

The film, "Why We Bang," produced and directed by Orlando Myrics and Clifford Jordan for Ghetto Logik Entertainment is an independent film that documents the historical background of LA's Bloods and Crips gangs, then transitions into several interviews of current and former members of the Bloods and Crips of Los Angeles.

Ghetto Logik, a Film Company based in South Los Angeles offers their first urban documentary as a result of being disappointed in seeing outsiders far too often portray the stories of ghetto residents. "We just got tired of seeing people, not from our community making so called "Hood movies" that did not really depict what our community was all about, our goal is to bring real images and real stories about real people to the big screen."

Their first effort, "Why We Bang" is an in-depth look into Gang Culture in Los Angeles that shows up-close, the life in South Los Angeles, talking and walking with real gang members first hand. Their approach was to show the gangs, their motivations and deadliness and to capture the voices of the mothers who have lost children to the violence that gangs bring. Their story, through several narratives will inform you Why We Bang.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, needs sub-titles.

5:28 PM

Blogger John Smith said...

This is a particularly tedious documentary. I stopped watching after approximately 15 minutes.

It's poorly edited, and the narrative is not well-conceived.

Cle 'Bone' Sloan's "Bastards of the Party" (
covers all of the same ground as this documentary (and a good deal more) and has far better production value.

Given the subject matter, and the relatively shallow treatment of it in film, you don't need to watch more than one.

I recommend the HBO title.

6:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know what I'm sayin?

1:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what we get for making slavery illegal. And being born and raised in the "hood" is no excuse to not choose a better life for yourself. They can easily move out to another state or country to pursue something else, other than "bangin".
But if crack and killing is what fulfills them, then thats fine, just don't go killing inocents.

9:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got tired of the film after a while. I couldn't understand what the hell they were saying and every other word was either "nigga" or "y'know-whatim-sayin?" It was poorly edited and difficult to follow.

1:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like others I consider this pretty much unwatchable. Very amateur and the dialogue is awful.

7:22 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

The problem is complex and there is no easy solution really. Very intricate marriage between race, power, drugs, economics, policies and politics. Race is a very sensitive issue and whenever it surfaces in any topic in America, passion will speak and reason will have no say....
U put all the niggers in colleges and u solve the issue? You make all of them succeed economically and you fix the issue? Even if we were to stop killing ourselves, would that resolve the case?

4:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah cuh, yeah cuz, know what i'm sayin? damn no wonder these people keep killing eachother.

2:51 AM

Blogger Peter Towers said...

Fascinating, each and everyone of the commentary was either derogatory, had racist undertones, and complains about the dialogue (?). It's a documentary about street violence among people that are unstable criminals. How easy do you think it is to get access to that world?

And the "anonymous" using the slave rhetoric. Did your parents reason the same when the Southern and Northern Irish beat the crap out of each other in the late 70's. Were they fighting b/c they were "white"? Or were they fighting b/c England's been messing with the Irish for several hundreds of years, systematically killing of their ancient history, religion and culture. Do you think that the Irish was perhaps poor, disillusioned, and desperate?

Think. Read. Contemplate. Discuss.

9:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you people leaving comments are so ignorant. Many people in gangs can not just pick themselves up and move, its not that easy as many gang members live in poverty. Also the quote "This is what we get for making slavery illegal" taken from a previous comment is entirely untrue and very racist. Many gang members live in areas where social programs, governmental assistance, and after school programs are not available resulting in the acts of crime.

The production value is poor as the documentary has been made by people from the environment in which it was filmed, this in my opinion is the best form to show a documentary of this nature. It provides an unbiased first hand stand point of gang life.

The way in which people speak within the documentary has nothing to do with the reason people are being killed. The way the people speak is in relation to there history and culture.

"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion."
- Grantland Rice

7:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is every other word "cuz" or "know wha im sayin?!" There are smart, educated members, then just ignorant bullet blocking retards. Why did they have to interview the bullet blockers?

8:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because its fucking called why we bang not why they bang.

sub titles? fuck off, I can understand it just fine. I enjoyed this doc.

3:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's hard to leave a lifestyle that your born into and live in a neighborhood where you grow up and watch as the people you grew up with are killed off and you are powerless as a the time your 16 you are fucked up beyond belief living in violence and death every day. but since you were not raised in horrible violence you think someone who has can just say lets move out go to college and raise a family in the suburbs. also how accurate would this doc be if they only interviewed people who were well educated and asked them about gangs? this is a very real, amateur documentary that talks to real people who live their lives this way every day. it's not a hollywood movie so it isn't pretty but neither is life so stop complaining and see how good your life is compared to the moms of dead kids and people who can name over 20 dead people they grew up with. i hope one day l.a. gangs will unite and remember their origins of unity in the black panther party

4:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

dumbass niggaz... know what I'm sayin!

11:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe if people dont kill anyone or sell drugs they wont end up in prison....that guy talkin bout slavery is a hypocrit ....white people do the same time for the same crime.

11:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wat a racist documentary ..........there is no slavery going on in america........white ppl get the same time for the same crime..stop killing ppl and selling dope

11:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get an education stop your violence, break the cycle of taking a life choice, to follow blindly what you think you should be, think for yourselves its ignorance that is keeping the gang mentality alive...normwatasayin.

12:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 28 minutes I gave up watching. Tedious, self pitying idiots who revel in grieving. The music and language are both hugely annoying. The production value is zero. There is no attempt to answer the question of why these people live like this, yet it's self evident, it's because they want to. In which case they should be put on an island, armed to the teeth and left to massacre each other until their heart's content. The rest of society can then carry on with their lives.

4:45 AM


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