April 25th, 2012
Written, directed, and performed by incarcerated youth at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), BORN FO BANG tells the personal story of an HYCF youth, who also plays the main character. When a book smart Hawaiian teenager refuses to beat up a Haole, his domineering older brother threatens to excommunicate him from the gang – and his family.
BORN FO BANG was filmed on-site at HYCF, with each role played by the young men incarcerated there (except for the two adult characters); as well as the crew responsibilities. The short film premiered at the Hawaii State Capital Auditorium in September 2011, hosted by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie. The film is a Programmers’ Pick at 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), and recently received the Best Narrative Short Film award at the Urban Media Filmmakers Film Festival.
Born Fo Bang trailer
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