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G-Dog

4.8 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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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.

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…vitally captures an extraordinary character in extraordinary circumstances --Variety

Easily one of the most inspirational and uplifting documentaries of the year --Hot Docs

Product Details

  • Actors: Father Greg Boyle
  • Directors: Freida Lee Mock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AM8ZP1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 17, 2013
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Sometimes it is the subject of a documentary film, as opposed to its execution, that make it a can't miss proposition. The centerpiece of the new feature by documentarian Freida Lee Mock (Oscar winner for 1994's "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision") is such an inspiring and fascinating man that you'll simply want to invest in "G-Dog." I don't mean to undervalue the filmmaker's achievements in any way or imply that this isn't a well constructed project, it was just that I was completely captivated by Father Greg Boyle and his efforts to rehabilitate the East Los Angeles gang culture one member at a time. Whether called Father Greg, Father G, or simply G-Dog, Boyle has dedicated his life to working with at-risk kids and offering them compassion, surprising candor, and essential training to pursue a different lifestyle. In an era of apathy and failing social and educational structure, Boyle has built a virtual empire (Homeboy Industries) by doing good deeds. And it's a great story.

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.
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You will laugh and be moved to tears and wish you could go right out to Homeboy Industries and be some sort of help. Support this awesome man doing the job we are all called to do. You need to also look at Homeboy Industries on line. Supporting Homeboy supports all of us and allows us to share in the kinship!
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Fr. Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit, somehow instigated and orchestrated real-life-turn-around Homeboy Industries in East LA for former gang members. Boyle is commonly referred to as G-Dog by his heavily-inked tribe. This vid documents a miraculous twenty-five-year journey of boundless love, compassion, and non-judgment. Boyle walks his talk, 'Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job', and it's stunning to watch him do so. The man should be sainted. Five stars for the vid, the producer, and the saint.
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Bought several copies for various friends. How one person has changed the lives of so many is amazing. This DVD shows Father Boyle's many ministries and the mutual love between he and the homeboys and homegirls he serves. It also shows how much Homeboy Industries depends on donations.
I can't get enough of this story and have watched the DVD many times.
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Father Greg Boyle is an inspiration to all who have had the good fortune to make his acquaintance. He is the living the gospel message, serving a group of people most of us would rather not even think about. G-Dog is the story of what can be accomplished if we set aside our prejudice and instead look for the humanity that resides in us all. You cannot watch this movie and not be touched by the love that is shared and the possibilities for goodness that exist in everyone's life. Thank God for gracing us with people like G-Dog.
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I am so proud of this movie! It is professionally done in all circumstances. The sound in the beginning is not very clear (speaker shd have had lapel mic on). Otherwise, the production/film quality/editing is Oscar worthy.

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.
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