PRLog - May 21, 2014 - LOS ANGELES -- Coming home from prison can be an exhilarating and daunting experience. Producers of the film Blood First, Olufemi Young and Rasheed Jihad, know all about it. Each served over a decade in prison and came home to families and communities that had grown and changed tremendously. "Most of the people I grew up with were dead or in prison. The only thing left were their children, and I hadn't seen them since they were babies," says Olufemi. Rasheed adds "Technology and even family had changed. I had to do my best to keep up and everyday was a new set of challenges that no amount of studying, reading or correspondence could prepare you for."
Actor Edwin Lee Gibson as Raqmaan in prison visiting room.
On June 8, 2014, Rasheed, Olufemi and the writer and director of Blood First, 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 later this year. View the trailer for Blood First athttp://www.youtube.com/