A new documentary film will screen at Temple University on Sept. 27. “A Hope that Lights the Way” focuses on Black men and boys and the ongoing gun violence crisis.
Produced in part by Philadelphia’s Office of Black Male Engagement, the two-hour documentary introduces representatives from community groups including Men Who Care of Germantown, Level Up Philly, and NOMO. Organizers explain the process behind getting started, who they serve, and why their work is important, while stressing the need for adequate funding and collaboration.
A poster for “A Hope that Lights the Way”. (Courtesy of Kaloni Davis)
Conversations in the film take place at football fields and churches, and spaces throughout the city, blending statistics with personal stories of anti-violence work. Through sports, dance, and community, young people under the guidance of community leaders express their fears and hopes.