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Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story
Directed by Terrence Fisher, Daniel Howard • Documentary • 2005 • 23 minutes
Terrence Fisher, a teen living in the Louis Armstrong housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has had seven of his friends shot and killed with guns. Terrence is not a gang member or a drug dealer˜just a normal teenager who likes making hip-hop music with his friends. What could Terrence do to stop gun violence in Bed-Stuy before losing another friend, or his own life? Terrence and a fellow teen filmmaker, Daniel Howard, picked up a camera to tell the story about gun violence in Bed-Stuy. Ironically, a few months into the production, Terrence lost another friend, Timothy, his best friend from elementary school, who was shot and killed by a police officer right in front of Terrence. The Bed-Stuy residents were outraged by the killing of an innocent teen. However, the Grand Jury decided that the shooting was merely a tragic accident and no indictment was issued against the officer, despite Police Commissioner Ray Kelly‚s assessment that the killing was "unjustified."