9 LIVES

CITY COLLEGE 9

By Jason SWAIN

THE DIRK SWAIN FOUNDATION - as FEST

Documentary - Completed 2011

In December 1991, Heavy D and Puff Daddy hosted a celebrity basketball game at City College that ended in tragedy. 9 LIVES unravels the moments in the countdown to disaster and the circumstances that needlessly took nine youngsters from their loved ones.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jason SWAIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Jason SWAIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Carrie LEIGH (SCMG, llc)
    • Synopsis
    • With Rodney King's video-taped brutal beating making headlines in the Spring of 1991 and the Crown Heights riot spinning New York City into turmoil that August, this examination of the City College 9 disaster seeks peaceful reconciliation, artfully avoiding finger-pointing to let us witness first-hand how institutionalized prejudices combined to allow something as simple as a charity basketball game in Harlem to spiral out of control.
      Out of the devastating melee of lives lost a seed of hope emerged through the formation of the Dirk Swain Foundation to forever remember and combat the senselessness of December 28, 1991.
    • Partners & financing
    • SCMG, LLC
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 1996
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