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G_DOG is about second chances - about a charismatic visionary who launched the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the US, now an international model, Homeboy Industries.
G-DOG tells the entertaining, hilarious and unlikely story of how a white Jesuit priest became an expert in gang lives. His name is Father Greg Boyle (G-Dog to his homies) and he works by a powerful idea: "Nothing stops a bullet like a job." G-Dog's unstoppable compassion has transformed the lives of thousands of Latino, Asian, and African American gang members.
His Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, with a 70% success rate at redirecting kids away from gang life, is global in influence Manchester, Toronto, Hamburg, Rio and more. It provides tattoo removal, job training, counseling, yoga, fatherhood and substance abuse classes all free. It's the one place in the hood that turns lives around: swapping violence for community and building toward a future of hope.
Easily one of the most inspirational and uplifting documentaries of the year --Hot Docs
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The film gets up close and personal with the Homeboy Industries rehabilitation program. Much time is spent interviewing Boyle, but others close to the Father weigh in with their personal stories of success and tribulations. Almost everyone in positions of responsibility have come from the streets and understand the challenges facing the youths of today. It's inspiring to see how far some of them have come and how much they want to give back to the system that helped them to escape the inevitability of their existence. The demand to get into the program is high, and funds (as expected) are tight, but Boyle is always upfront and honest with any potential candidate. And even turning someone away, he still offers hope without sugar-coating the realities of the challenges ahead.Read more ›
I can't get enough of this story and have watched the DVD many times.
But what is even more worthy of your time and emotional energy is the miracle of this incredible organization. I just learned about it 4 months ago and visited it about 2 weeks ago. I met 3 different homies, one who had been out of Pelican for a little over a year and had been in solitary confinement for six out of 7.5 yrs there....his dad was his life until the dad died when the homie was 8 years old. His dad was a professional wrestler who was having "father-son" play time wrestling together when the homie was 8 and the father had a stroke and died on top of the son on the floor. The son thought the father was playing dead, but then when the dad didn't wake up, he didn't know what to do and how to get help or grasp the seriousness of the situation....the 8 year old son ended up spending 36 hours physically on top of his dead dad unable to comprehend/accept that his dad had died while playing w his son....2 weeks later, the homie got a tattoo in his mouth and began acting out behaviorally. W/i 2 years, he dropped out of school in the 5th grade. When I met w hiim on Jan 3, 2013, he told me he "took care of the VIPs" at Homeboy and couldn't be prouder. He had gotten his GED, married and had a baby girl -- Greg performed the religious sacraments of marriage and baptism.
He and the other 2 guys I met w had so much pride in who they were at the time and who they had become. It was very humbling. Originally, I felt a little scared to be w someone who had been in solitary confinement for armed robbery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our parish priest works also with lost boys and found this video very helpful.
We both loved it and love Fr. Boyle.
Father Boyle's life/story is an affirmation of the power of God's Love.Published 4 months ago by Mark Kerns
This is a well done documentary about the outstanding work of a priest who rehabilitates gang members. It is a very moving story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fr. Ronald Lemmert
Powerful! Reminds us that we are all in this world together.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful documentary. It does focus on G-Dog but a felt a stronger theme was the work and embodiment in the organization G-Dog started. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul A. Spangler
Love this book, very inspirational and a testament to human nature and what love and true regard for all human life can achieve..Published 7 months ago by gary spillane
Wonderful documentary - I showed parts of it in a high school civic engagement class as a way of talking about creative responses to social problems and the students loved it.Published 8 months ago by Sara Doughton
I never go wrong with Father Greg Boyle. He is the personification of Yoda!! I have said more than once " I want to be him when I grow up. Read morePublished 9 months ago by agent210