Producers of Gritty New Indie Film Address The Difficulties of Community Re-Entry After Imprisonment
Producers of Blood First to Speak at Free Event Discussing Community Re-Entry in Cleveland, OH
Edwin Lee Gibson as Raqmaan in prison visiting room
PRLog - Feb. 27, 2014 - When people are released from prison they often feel estranged from family, friends and their community. They have missed their children's birthdays, parent's anniversaries and other family milestones. Communities that housed their favorite childhood haunts often times have changed and the friendly faces they looked forward to seeing as they roamed the neighborhood have all but disappeared. Rasheed Jihad, producer of Blood First and co-owner of NaRa Films, knows this feeling all too well. "I was falsely imprisoned for 10 years and once I got home I had to re-establish relationships with family members and create relationships with others, like younger relatives who were not even born when I went to jail." The issues were further compounded by the fact Mr. Jihad has an identical twin, "people thought they knew me when they really didn't. It made for some very awkward situations. Other people had simply forgotten that I went away."
On March 23, 2014 Mr. Jihad and the other producers of the independent film Blood First, Olufemi Young and Najaa Young, will be discussing community re-entry, intergenerational incarceration and other issues facing the formerly incarcerated at Open Door, an informal worship and support service for those dealing with issues of re-entry at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Antioch Baptist Church is located at 8869 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.The discussion is from 3 - 4:30pm and is free and open to the public. The filmmakers will also be showing clips of their highly anticipated film, Blood First, during the discussion.
Blood First chronicles the lives of two brothers who follow their father's footsteps into the dangerous drug trade. The film is R Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and will be released in the summer of 2014. View the trailer for Blood First at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClLwiK0tn_Y and for more information about the film and the filmmakers visit www.BloodFirstTheMovie.com.