I first met Joakim Noah in the wake of my documentary film, The Interrupters. Joakim was a fan. As we got talking, along with Cobe Williams, one of the principals in The Interrupters, we shared stories of how profoundly the violence affected friends–and affected us.
Talk to people who have lost a loved one to the street violence and the thing that’s so striking–and unsettling–is how completely isolated they feel. Many never talk about their grief and anger. They pull inward. And yet in listening to them it’s clear that their experiences are profoundly similar–and so this video has a rather simple intent: to let people–especially young people–know they’re not alone.
Our hope is that the video will be used in schools or in after-school programs. Or that it’ll be shown to healthcare workers and to politicians. Pass it around. To borrow from Abbie Hoffman: Please steal this video.
A Joakim Noah production
Directed by Alex Kotlowitz
Produced by Zak Piper
Edited by Ryan Buckley and Karen Weinberg