St Mary group makes movie to steer youth from gangs

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - ALI­CIA BAR­RETT STAR Writer

Amid the crime and vi­o­lence that the coun­try is fac­ing, some mem­bers of the Boys and Girls Pro­duc­tion in An­notto Bay, St Mary, have de­cided to try to help young peo­ple deal with their anger through a movie they pro­duced called ‘Mother Cry’. As Tadrea Davis, the di­rec­tor, ex­plains, the 90-minute movie, that a young man finds him­self in a gang that has neg­a­tive im­pacts on his life and the lives of his fam­ily. It is only through the death of one of his fam­ily mem­bers that he tries to find a way out. Davis ex­plains that the movie, which was shot in his home­town of An­notto Bay, will be re­leased on Jan­uary 5, 2019, and that per­sons will be able to go to the theatre in the town or the An­notto Bay Pri­mary School to en­joy the lo­cal pro­duc­tion.

“Here in An­notto Bay, we are try­ing to get back to the place where we can sit in the theatre we have here and watch a movie as a com­mu­nity, not hav­ing to worry about gun­shots or any form of bad thing hap­pen­ing to us,” Davis said.

He said that peo­ple are fear­ful in An­notto Bay be­cause of killings there, but they want a safer en­vi­ron­ment for the res­i­dents in and around the com­mu­nity, and they think this is a good way to get things go­ing.

Last month, An­notto Bay recorded four mur­ders in less than 48 hours, and this is the is­sue that Davis said the com­mu­nity is bat­tling.

Over­all, St Mary has seen an in­crease in mur­ders as 32 per­sons have been killed, com­pared to 22 at the same time last year.

“We not only want to help youths deal with crime, but also to help with de­vel­op­ing the com­mu­nity,” he said.

For Davis, it takes peo­ple to build and make a com­mu­nity great, and that is the aim of the mem­bers of the Boys and Girls Pro­duc­tion.

The pro­duc­tion group started back in 2007 and is now con­trolled by Davis, Nicar Cle­gon, San­tana Reid, and Ri­cardo Cousin.

The pro­duc­tion is said to be go­ing strong, and it is projects like these that they use to try bring­ing peo­ple to­gether.

“The com­mu­nity is very sup­port­ive of us be­cause they like the peace and they do not like when there is too much shoot­ing. So, we try as best as pos­si­ble to keep the peace by in­volv­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers and youths in these projects,” he said.

Sharon Hunt, who plays the mother in the movie. An­other cast mem­ber, Deron Davis.

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Tadrea Davis

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