El Salvador
El Salvador has a long history of gang violence and many films have been produced about the extreme brutality of the gangs. What I found was something I’ve not seen before. These were not the big psychopathic tough guys we’re always told about but a bunch of frightened kids growing up in an extremely violent and impoverished community. They sit around smoking weed and constantly on the alert with nothing else to do. All they asked from me was to get them some fried chicken and chips for lunch. They were hungry and poor in communities that felt under siege from the state. For the brief time I was there this small community suffered two gang related deaths. These guys have little choice and their story needs to be told, for them and their communities.

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