Directed by LA-based photographer Valerie Goodloe ‘Gang Girl‘ takes a look at a mother’s attempt to save her daughter from street life every way she knows how.
Valerie’s camera penetrates the parties, the meetings, the drug induced states and reaches the heart of the hood lifestyle. This was crucial for her to do in order to understand her daughter Nafeesa’s mindset, which is complicated, compounded with an LGBT identity, also at issue. In the film we see Valerie trying various modalities to let her daughter experience life outside of her gang clique. She loves Nafeesa but so do the gang members. How can a mother’s tough love win over unconditional love that excuses all behavior and makes no apologies?
Delena Turman daughter of famed actor Glynn Turman serves as one of the Co-Producers for the film which has been chosen as an Official Selection by the New Filmmakers Los Angeles, San Diego Black Film Festival and Pan African Film Festival.
The premiere screening for ’Gang Girl: A Mother’s Journey To Save Her Daughter‘ will take place this Saturday, January 29, 2011 San Diego Black Film Festival at 6:30 pm. To purchase tickets for this screening go to: San Diego Black Film Festival