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Beyond the Barrel

Added Nov 03, 2021
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A group of high school filmmakers in East Orange won Best Documentary at the Newark International Film Festival with their student short, "Beyond the Barrel: An East Orange Story." Turning the spotlight on independent filmmakers from around the world, the Newark International Film Festival is a five-day showcase of independent talent and creative thinking from around the globe. The students’ documentary, which turned the spotlight on the after-effects and personal impact of gun violence, delves into the deep-rooted loss that students felt when a gun was turned on family, friends, and even a teacher. Produced with the help of award-winning broadcast journalist and filmmaker Samson Styles (and under the educational guidance of Jamila T. Davis, Ph.D.) the documentary competed in the Newark International Film Festival against close to 1,000 submissions that came from more than 50 countries.
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