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‘Look what I’ve lost’: a powerful decade-spanning film about one American family – The Guardian

Using home video filmed over 20 years, 17 Blocks captures one black American family enduring the joy, loss, and the scourge of gun violence in the shadow of the…

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FilmUsing home video filmed over 20 years, 17 Blocks captures one black American family enduring the joy, loss, and the scourge of gun violence in the shadow of the US Capitol
In 1999, Davy Rothbart was 23 years old and staying on a friends couch in south-east DC a few blocks from a basketball court, where he befriended 15-year-old Akil Smurf Sanford and his precocious nine-year-old brother, Emmanuel. An aspiring film-maker, Rothbart had a small handheld camcorder, which the younger brother immediately…

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