Due to the strong work of our 2011 summer program, our students were asked by the District Attorney's office and Harlem Hospital to partner on a citywide initiative around the impact of gun violence in Harlem.
Harlem Hospital and the D.A.'s office are creating the first ever gun shot victim trauma center in this community. This center will combine resources from the medical field and law enforcement to educate the community around this issue and create tools to combat violence. Our students have been asked to produce a 15-20 minute film about the nature of gun violence in Harlem and the effects of this violence on the community.
In early October, students met with officials from the District Attorney's Office and Harlem Hospital to pitch their film idea and negotiate filming at Harlem Hospital and downtown offices. Over the next six months, students will work along side law enforcement officials, medical professionals, and families affected by gun violence to shoot, produce, and edit this film.
The finished project will be an integral part of the Harlem Hospital rehabilitation program. The film will be shown to victims of gun and knife violence in Harlem Hospital as part of their efforts to reduce deaths and repeat incidences of violence.