Bullet Proof VestWelcome to Richmond, the most dangerous city in California. With an average of one homicide every 10 days, many parents are afraid to let their children outside. Nine-year-old twins Mustapha and Jyeshria know they can’t go to the park unaccompanied. “Your parents need to be there with you, so they can block the bullet,” Jyeshria explains. In 2006, fed up with the gun violence, residents took over the most dangerous parks, camping in tent cities in a desperate stand for peace.
May Lin Au Yong is the director of Steadfast Films and a graduate documentary film student at Stanford University.
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