BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN PHILADELPHIA
Join us after the screening on Oct. 24 for a Q&A with director Kyra Knox, and on Oct. 28 for a Q&A with Kyra Knox and producers Mark Mims and Allen Iverson.
In this powerful and timely documentary, director Kyra Knox puts a face to Philadelphia’s ongoing gun violence epidemic by speaking with members of the community who have been personally affected, including mothers who have lost their children and young people who have lost friends and peers. Knox focuses in particular on three teenagers—Wynter, David, and Kalil—who are striving to transcend this violence and work toward a more hopeful future through the power of basketball. Founded by Garry Mills, Shoot Basketballs NOT People is a nonprofit that uses the sport as a way to intervene in the lives of inner-city youths, encouraging them to work together and grow while giving them an outlet away from the streets. Knox spotlights Mills and other adults working to provide role models for young people in a city where youth-oriented programming has become dispiritingly rare. Executive-produced by Allen Iverson, BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN PHILADELPHIA shines a valuable light on a significant problem facing the city, but by highlighting hard-working community leaders and young people like Wynter, David, and Kalil, the film is a beautiful tribute to the folks forging a positive new path.
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