Street Soldiers

San Francisco's Omega Boys Club reaches out to America's most endangered: young African American men.

Premiere Date
February 1, 1997
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    1997 Reality on Television-Prism Award
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    1997 BFHFI International Black Independent Film and Video Competition-First Place—Documentary
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    Producer

    Avon Kirkland

    Avon Kirkland wrote, directed and produced Ralph Ellison: An American Journey which was shown at Sundance Film Festival and broadcast on American Masters in 2002. He also produced and directed Street Soldiers, a profile of MacArthur Award-winner Joe Marshall, which aired on PBS with funding from ITVS. His acclaimed film Booker on the life of Booker T. Show more Washington was selected as one of the 10 best programs of the year by the Los Angeles Times. Simple Justice, his film for The American Experience series was a finalist for a Humanitas Award and won a CINE Golden Eagle. Show less

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    The Film

    Located near San Francisco's Potrero Hill projects, the Omega Boys Club relentlessly reaches out to America's most endangered: young African American men. Omega's direct, realistic, and hands-on approach offers guidance, intervention, and structure with a price — hard work. "Everybody else runs a program. We run a family." —Joe Marshall, OBC Director

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